Keeping Belgian Pearl Sugar Fresh

Have a bit of Belgian pearl sugar left over from a recipe? The pearl sugar powder and bits are wonderful in recipes so store them well. The easy short-term solution is to keep Belgian pearl sugar in the resealable pouches that arrive at your door. The pouches will help keep pearl sugar fresh and delicious for a three-month period.

Belgian_Nib_SugarIf you’re storing for longer than three months, keep the sugar pearls fresh by storing them in an air-tight container in a cool and dry area.

How to store Belgian pearl sugar

A lightweight storage option is plastic containers. These containers are affordable, easy to find and available at your local supermarket. We recommend selecting a BPA-free option.


Another storage option is glass containers. Kilner jars offer an unbeatably tight seal. Large mason jars are also durable and beautiful to display.

Both glass and plastic storage options allow easy viewing and labeling. When picking a storage container, aim for a wide-mouthed options. This gives you easy access to measure out Belgian pearl sugar for baking without mess or fuss. Bonus: fine pearl sugar powder will collect at the bottom of your container, perfect to sprinkle atop your waffles and other baked goods!

Finally, for maximum freshness we recommend using your Belgian sugar within 2 years of purchase.  If you buy in bulk, rest assure your pearl sugar has an indefinite shelf life when stored in sealed containers at 59 to 77°F (15 to 25°C) and 50-60% relative humidity.

If you’re curious for new ways to put your Belgian sugar pearls to good use, we’re always developing new recipes. Have a question about storing Belgian pearl sugar? Let us know with a comment!

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  1. janet says

    thanks – i think i will use a half gallon ball jar – and vacuum seal the top. sounds perfect since i had ordered a boat-load.

    • Lisa at Waffle Pantry says

      Thanks for sharing your tip, Janet! A vacuum-sealed ball jar will keep the sugar pearls fresh for many months to come!

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