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Does molasses go bad?

 
 
Reply Sat 2 Apr, 2005 12:23 pm
So, I'm cleaning out my kitchen cabinets today and I found a pretty old bottle (mostly full) of molasses. I hate to throw it away because it's one of those things that you never know when you might need -- like for making wheat bread or cookies. Anybody know if molasses goes bad? It doesn't have an expiration date on it.
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 2 Apr, 2005 12:28 pm
I think the sugar acts as a preservative. Personally, I'd keep it.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 2 Apr, 2005 12:37 pm
It's been opened? I'd probably toss it.
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bobsmythhawk
 
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Reply Sat 2 Apr, 2005 12:48 pm
Food Storage Guide
. . . Answers the Question . . .

FN-579, August 1998
Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist

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Molasses
- unopened 2 years
- opened 6 months Keep tightly covered.
Refrigerate to extend
storage life.

http://www.ext.nodak.edu/extpubs/yf/foods/fn579-1.htm
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Sat 2 Apr, 2005 12:58 pm
Ah, thanks for all the input. I'm fairly sure it has been in there more than 6 months and was not refrigerated. Oh well. Next time I'll buy a smaller bottle.
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Ay Sontespli
 
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Reply Sat 2 Apr, 2005 04:25 pm
Hey FreeDuck,
Buy a smaller bottle or bake more!
That said, I better check on my molasses! I bought it for Christmas baking; I do make my own whole wheat bread but I sorta made up my own recipe and it does not include molasses but maybe I will incorporate some in the next batch and see how it goes. When I had a breadmaker the whole wheat bread recipe used molasses...
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ebrown p
 
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Reply Sat 2 Apr, 2005 05:35 pm
This is what happens when Molasses goes bad!

http://edp.org/bin/molasses77103S.jpg
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 2 Apr, 2005 05:52 pm
any sugar syrup (except honey) will ferment. Honey will granulate but it forms sugar crystals.
My mom gave me a gallon of maple syrup and we didnt use it very fast. We packed it in little sterile jars but the last few jars were really vile. It sorta turned into amaple syrup wine/vinegar except it was very bitter. Hadda toss.

If you want molasses for baking, buy milled solid molasses. Itll keep as long as any sugar without getting rancid. They sell and make it at Zooks Molasses in Honey Brook Pa. They may have a web site. We use it for livestock . We buy the solid molasses by the ton and ship it to our grain coop where they mix our sheep feed. Its cracked corn,cob meal, oats, mineral and vitamin mix, and lotsa molasses. Livestock love molasses.
Ay Sontespli
 
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Reply Sat 2 Apr, 2005 06:41 pm
cool molasses fact farmerman...i just like molasses to make gingerbread with Smile
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sat 2 Apr, 2005 06:59 pm
Farmerman--

Could you use ancient molasses on dry dog food for squirrel food?
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Sat 2 Apr, 2005 07:01 pm
Wow! Such good info. Makes me glad I asked here instead of googling.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 3 Apr, 2005 05:33 am
Noddy-I suppose you could, but I wouldnt be feedin squirrels, little buggers just settle in and destroy
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Sun 3 Apr, 2005 12:43 pm
Farmerman--

This winter I paid a great deal of money for squirrel proof birdfeeders. Food was available from December through March and we used only 120 pounds of black oil sunflower seed.

In other years we've used a quarter ton of seed.

I'm looking forward to next winter giving the tree rats leftovers.
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murimi
 
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Reply Fri 3 Apr, 2009 01:17 am
@farmerman,
DO you know the animal feed formulation or the ratio which one can use to make dairy meal using solid molasses
farmerman
 
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Reply Fri 3 Apr, 2009 03:34 am
@murimi,
we raise sheep and some beef cattle,soIm not sure of dairy ration. THE DHIA has all sorts of rations because ususally the dairy herds are in the 200 to 1000 cow range round here. Most of the dairy farmers I know use a combination of corn chop and cob all made into silage. They also feed grass hay with a free choice for mineral salts. I dont like salt blocks because sheeps dont chew, so we mic=x he minerals right into our grain mix.
WE get our mixes made freom corn, oats, mineral mix and dry molasses . My wife keeps the reipe but its not difficult, corn for energy and oats for protein. We also feed alfalfa or grass hay (depending on the season)
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Linkat
 
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Reply Fri 3 Apr, 2009 08:12 am
@ebrown p,
funny that was the first thing I thought of when I heard the title as well!
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