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    Default Does sugar/salt expire?

    I really don't bake much but have sugar in a container, not hard, but think it may be around 3yrs old, does it expire? Also what about salt, morton's in the blue container too. I did replace my flour, I keep that it an airtight container but on the bag it does have an expiration date which I tear off & tape it on top of the container so I know when the flour needs to be replaced.

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    Good question but I don't have the answer. I know my mom use to keep large metal garbage cans full of sugar and salt. I don't ever remember her saying they expired. The same with the flour. She would put a piece of spearmint gum in the flour to keep the bugs out but that is all I can remember. I know she had boxes and bags of brown and powdered sugar. If the brown sugar was hard she would put it in her container and put a orange in it and in a few days it would be back to new. I just recently (past 2 years) learned your flour and bisquick or pancake mixes stay fresher longer in the freezer. I don't know if they ever expire though. The expiration dates on the packages are for the stores to go by but doesn't always mean they have gone bad. I will check back on this one and see what people say. Sorry I couldn't help you though.

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    Thanks Milky, I know flour now has expire dates on the bag, but I poured in sugar in a container 3 yrs ago & never looked. I always thought sugar & salt would last forever but not sure. So our members will give us the info we need. Something to think about.

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    Found this....

    Storage life for salt is indefinite. So long as you do not let it get contaminated with dirt or whatever, it will never go bad. Over time, iodized salt may turn yellow, but this is harmless and may still be used. Salt is rather hygroscopic and will adsorb moisture from the air if not sealed in an air-tight container. If it does adsorb moisture and cakes up, it can be dried in the oven and then broken up with no harm done.
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    Found this too....

    Honey, Salt and Sugar should keep indefinitely if stored free of moisture. Watch out for additives in the honey. It is possible to buy honey with water and sugar added. This honey generally doesn't crystallize like pure 100% honey does when stored for a long time. If there are additives, there is no saying how long it will last.
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    Sugar Is Cheap, Support Your Sugar Beet Growers And Replace If You Think It Has Been Around For A While. Don't Forget To Make Sure It Is Sugar From Suagr Beets And Not Sugar Cane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by floridagirly68
    Found this too....

    Honey, Salt and Sugar should keep indefinitely if stored free of moisture. Watch out for additives in the honey. It is possible to buy honey with water and sugar added. This honey generally doesn't crystallize like pure 100% honey does when stored for a long time. If there are additives, there is no saying how long it will last.
    Thanks for the info, floridagirl. Good question, I never thought about it.

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    if you put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker the humid weather won't bother it in the salt shaker.

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    good tip debraanne didn't know that one. I have learned a lot from this post so I thank roset for posting it.

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    You can also put a couple of dry pinto beans in the salt shaker.

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