How To Store Sugar Cane

I love sugar cane. To the point where I bought 10 pounds of it at a local Asian Market a year or so ago!

Naturally, I needed to learn how to best store and preserve it. 

Besides, I didnt want any of it to go to waste.

So today, I’d like to share with you what I have learned.

I’ll also be breaking down storing the different versions of sugar cane, both raw (and processed versions). Just in case you landed here for one or the other!

How To Store Sugar Cane Stalks

Storing sugar cane stalks can be tricky, but with a little bit of knowledge and a few tricks up your sleeve, you can keep them fresh for weeks or even months. Here’s how I do it:

  • Inspect the stalks: Always start by checking the sugar cane stalks for any signs of damage or mold. Healthy stalks should be firm, green, and slightly moist. Discard any that show signs of rot or mold.
  • Trim the ends: Before storing, trim about half an inch off each end of the stalks. This helps prevent the sugar cane from drying out and promotes better storage.
  • Wrap in plastic: I’ve found that wrapping sugar cane stalks in plastic wrap or a plastic bag works wonders. This helps retain moisture and slows down the drying process.
  • Refrigerate: The best way to store sugar cane stalks is in the refrigerator. Place them in the crisper drawer or a well-ventilated fridge area. Keep the temperature between 40-45°F (4-7°C).
  • Check periodically: Remember to check on your sugar cane stalks every week to ensure they’re still fresh. If you notice any signs of spoilage, discard them immediately.

How To Store Refined Sugar Cane

Now, let’s talk about storing refined sugar cane, which is a whole different ball game.

Refined sugar cane comes in various forms, such as granulated, brown, or powdered sugar.

Here’s how to store each type:

  • Granulated sugar: Store granulated sugar in an airtight container, preferably made of glass or plastic. Keep it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or heat sources.
  • Brown sugar: Brown sugar tends to harden when exposed to air, so storing it in an airtight container is essential. To maintain its moisture, you can also add a small piece of bread, a few marshmallows, or a terra cotta brown sugar keeper.
  • Powdered sugar: Like granulated sugar, powdered sugar should be stored in an airtight container, away from heat and sunlight. A cool, dry pantry is perfect.

How Long Can You Store Sugar Cane For?

Sugar cane can be stored anywhere from 3 weeks to indefinitely, depending on the state it is in and how it is kept.

Knowing how long you can store sugar cane is crucial for maintaining its freshness and taste.

Here’s a quick breakdown of storage times for both stalks and refined sugar cane:

How Long Can You Store Sugar Cane Stalks?

Properly stored in the refrigerator, sugar cane stalks can last for up to 3 weeks.

However, it’s best to consume them within the first two weeks for optimal freshness.

How Long Can You Store Granulated Sugar?

Granulated sugar can last indefinitely when stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

However, for best quality, it’s recommended to use it within two years.

How Long Can You Store Brown Sugar?

Brown sugar has a shorter shelf life than granulated sugar due to its moisture content. Properly stored, it can last up to 18 months.

However, try to use it for the best flavor and texture within a year.

How Long Can You Store Powdered Sugar?

Like granulated sugar, powdered sugar can last indefinitely if stored correctly in an airtight container.

For optimal quality, though, it’s best to use it within two years.

Tips and Suggestions When Storing Sugar Cane

Now that we’ve covered the basics of how to store sugar cane, let me share some extra tips and suggestions I’ve learned throughout my sugar cane adventures:

Keep It Dry

When storing sugar cane stalks, make sure they’re completely dry before wrapping them in plastic.

Any excess moisture can lead to mold growth.

Freeze It

If you have more sugar cane stalks than you can consume within a few weeks, consider freezing them.

Cut the stalks into smaller pieces, wrap them tightly in plastic, and store them in a freezer-safe container.

They can last up to six months in the freezer.

Label and Date

Don’t forget to label and date your sugar cane containers, especially when storing different types of refined sugar.

This helps you keep track of their freshness and ensures you’re using the oldest sugar first.

Avoid Cross-Contamination

Be careful not to store sugar cane stalks or refined sugar near strong-smelling or flavored items, as they can absorb odors and flavors, affecting their taste.

Use The Right Tools

When it’s time to enjoy your sugar cane, use a sharp knife to peel off the outer layer of the stalks, and a sugar cane juicer or blender to extract the juice.

This will help you get the most out of your sugar cane and enjoy its full flavor.


So there you have it.

A comprehensive guide on how to store sugar cane, both in stalk form and refined versions.

With these tips and techniques, you’ll be able to enjoy the sweet taste of sugar cane for much longer, and hopefully save yourself some money in the process!