One thing I do know is sugar stock can and will run out if a tragic event happens. To have alternatives to one of the most useful and traded preps will be a a benefit. You not only need sugar for comfort foods but for canning and even making moonshine (which can be used as fuel) and as moonshine. What I do know is sugar is one of life's musts.....
So I am just going to do a quick post on things that can substitute sugar.
Sugar can come from so many different places. If you live in a warmer climate you can grow sugar cane. But a lot of us do not live in areas that it can be grown. These are some other options.
- Honey would be the first place most of us would go to. Click here for PDF
- Next up would have to be Maize. You boil down the GREEN Maize stalks and BAM sugar...or as we know it corn syrup. It is a thin syrup.
- I then would look at getting a Sugar Beet garden up and going. Click Here
- A close second to this is sugar beets is Pumpkin sugar which is made the same way as the sugar beat sugar.
- Then we have all kinds of tree saps to tap into. Some are very sweet like maple and birch.
- Milkweed makes a decent brown sugar can be made by boiling down the flowers heads. Click here to learn more about the milkweed plant.
- Dates, raisins dried fruit can add a sweet kick to many things to. They can be dried and powdered to make a sugar replacement. They can also be made into jams and syrups as well.
- Look at watermelon an easy crop to grow...and it's juice can be boiled down to a sugar. You can do this with other fruits to.
- Last but not least we have barley malt syrup which is made from germinated barley grains. Brown rice also produces a malt syrup. More or less you boil down the water that the barley or rice have been cooking in for several hours. FACT: There is .7 grams of sugar in one cup of rice. Barley is much sweet and more tastier than rice.
Song for this post has to be a classic I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl - Nina Simone