Cubes of Sugar – Proof They Work For Your Disaster Preparedness Checklist
You may have noticed that sugar is absent from my top 10 disaster preparedness checklist.
There are a couple reasons; honey is more nutritious. It’s also more versatile: it has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties which come handy in an emergency.
That being said, there’s nothing wrong with sugar. As long as you keep it dry, it lasts practically forever. I just recommend you store honey, too.
How long is practically forever?
My mom found some World War 2 era cubes of sugar in storage at my grandfather’s place.
He passed away in 1989; my aunt lives there now, and she doesn’t throw away anything… quite literally. 🙂
Let’s take a look.
They’re only wrapped in paper and 60 years on they’re still fine.
The writing on the wrapper is in Russian. I can’t read it. I don’t see a date on it.
According to my parents, this was the sugar during the war. There were no other types of sugar (or sweets) available at the time.
Look at these cubes.. they’re not even cubes, they’re more like half-cubes and there’s only 3 of them in the tiny package. Goes to show how precious they must have been back then. Just for comparison, today a can of Coke contains the equivalent of 10 cubes of sugar – 3 times this much.
Better stock up while they still go by the box! (Other 37 important food items here.)
Meanwhile, I’m off to make use of these sugar cubes. My mom says these were really sweet, sweeter than the thin sugars they sell these days. I don’t drink coffee, any ideas?
What would you use it for? Leave a comment!