Bottled Candy

When it comes to collecting food storage we often imagine, with a deep sigh, stacks and stacks of unground wheat, powdered milk, dried onions, and bottled venison. We lose our motivation to continue gathering and growing our emergency supply simply because it all seems to be SOO unappetizing! But really, it doesn’t have to be this way. If, heaven forbid, we are ever required to live off the food that is piled up in our basements and under our bed frames we will be sadly disappointed by our selection UNLESS we get a little creative. We all know the value of storing sugar. Sugar is needed for baking bread and other life sustaining meals but it is also a great way to provide a hungry body with a burst of energy. I mentioned in my post about 72 hour kits that I carry a gallon size zip top bag of plain white sugar, along with a few packets of Kool-aid because the sugar can do wonders to sustain life in an emergency. Sugar is IMPORTANT!! But are 5 gallon buckets the only way to go? I imagine a situation something like this.

A catastrophic event has occurred and the grocery stores are empty. I have been rationing my food supply for a bit now and everyone is really starting to notice their lack of nutritional freedom. One morning I come down the stairs to fix breakfast and my 4 year old is sitting on the kitchen counter eating sugar by the handfuls. Immediately I scold him for eating our valuable supply of sugar but I soon realize his body NEEDS this. I cry at the realization that I can’t give him what he needs.

Fiction? Yes. Possible? Absolutely! Taking our kids off a diet of fresh produce, fresh meat, sweetened dairy products and easily accessible snack foods and putting them on a strict diet of wheat and bean based meals with only canned vegetables can cause some serious discomfort. Most likely whatever is causing us to consume our food storage is already putting a great deal of stress on our lives, the last thing we need is the pain and guilt we would feel from watching our little ones suffer through sugar withdrawals.

My solution? Bottle candy.

After Halloween (also works for other holidays) I took a quick trip to the store and loaded up on all of the half price holiday candy. Then, using my Food Saver jar sealers (FoodSaver T03-0023-01 Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer) I stuffed quart and ½ gallon jars (Ball Wide Mouth Half Gallon Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 6) full of candy. Sealed them up and HID them in my food storage room.  (yes, hiding is necessary in this house if I want the jars to be left alone for more than one week)

As with other food storage items you should always USE and REPLACE. But sealing candy in jars will help it maintain its freshness much longer. Chocolate is the worst type of candy to bottle because it goes bad the fastest, but it is also the most high in demand so it isn’t too difficult to keep rotating it. I also like to bottle chocolate when I can buy it on sale because there are always times I need candy throughout the year (ball games, camping trips, road trips, birthday parties, etc.) Pure sugar candy, like suckers and other hard candies are the best to bottle. Others might disagree but I believe these types of candy will last FOREVER! Okay, maybe not forever, but at least as long as I am alive.

One way to add even MORE shelf life to your bottled candy is to add an oxygen absorber. Oxygen absorbersOxy-Sorb Oxygen Absorbers for Food Storage remove oxygen from airtight containers preserving the food even longer!

So, next time candy is on sale load up and add some much needed sugar to your food storage supply.



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