Sugar from Aldi

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Hobie, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Hobie

    Hobie New Member

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    Yesterday I made syrup from sugar purchased from Aldi. When I was heating it, it turned all white and foamy, and I had a devil of a time keeping it from boiling over. When it cooled, there was a white scum (?) on top.

    I usually buy a store brand, and as soon as it boils, it turns clear. It boils smoothly and there is no residue on top.

    Has anyone else experienced this? Is it "cheap" sugar from Aldi? Is there any reason to NOT feed it to the bees?
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    I bought 600 lbs. at Aldi's and have fed half of it. The bees are still alive and still eating it, so I guess it's allright.
     

  3. srvfantexasflood

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    I have been feeding Aldi's sugar. No problems. Did notice that the price used to be $1.79 for 5#. Last Thursday it had jumped to $2.20 for 5#.
     
  4. alleyyooper

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    Sugar at the Croswell Michigan sugar plant went from 37 cents a pound this spring to 44 cents a pound this month.

    :D Al
     
  5. BjornBee

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    Bought from Aldi....2.39 a couple days ago. I thought that was high.

    So I called Weis Supermarkets....2.99 for 5 pounds. :eek:
     
  6. Mama Beek

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    we don't let it boil so it doesn't form crystals. I boil the water, then add the sugar with the pan off the heat. Sounds like you weren't far from making rock candy.

    sugar prices are crazy lately! Every once in awhile food lion puts out a store coupon for $1 off a bag, and sometimes you can find coupons for name brand sugar on the coupon sites. Whatever happened to the bulk bin stores???
     
  7. Hobie

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    I've never heard that, for bee- or hummingbird food. I was always told that you boil the syrup 2 minutes so that it does not re-crystalize.

    I will have to give your method a try. Thanks!
     
  8. G3farms

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    Wife found walmart great value brand for $1.73 for 5 pound this afternoon, got 100 pounds on hand now.

    G3
     
  9. BjornBee

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    Someone suggested sugar at aldi dropped to 2.14, which is down from 2.39. May need to go see....... ;) Or at least call.
     
  10. brooksbeefarm

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    Lately the stores here have been selling 4 lbs. of sugar for $1.39 a bag and no limit? needless to say i stocked up. :thumbsup: Jack
     
  11. Hobie

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    Except I really despise how the packages are getting smaller in a way to hide the price increases. :(
     
  12. BjornBee

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    Yeah, but we keep getting bigger...... :lol:
     
  13. No_Bivy

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    I never boil......just add hot water to a gallon jar of sugar until it all dissovles......they seem to take it fine. am I doing it wrong?
     
  14. brooksbeefarm

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    Don't eat it, feed it. :mrgreen: Jack
     
  15. Iddee

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    No_Bivy, I would measure the water so I knew the ratio of the mix. 1/2 gal. of water would be 2:1, for winter storage feeding. 1 gal. of water would be 1:1, for spring build up feeding. It does make a difference.
     
  16. No_Bivy

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    less water for them to deal with?
     
  17. Iddee

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    2:1 is a sub for honey. They store it for later use.
    1:1 is a sub for nectar. It causes them to begin raising brood. Maybe at a time they shouldn't.
     
  18. BjornBee

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    Looks like from the reports, world production is down, and sugar will probably get higher in 2010.
     
  19. Flyman

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    Hobie, I would be extremely surprised if the sugar you are seeing foam is not beet sugar. Beet sugar sometimes foams like you have poured soap in it. Haven't seen this too much with cane sugar.
     
  20. BjornBee

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    Sugar seems to have gone up recently as it was 2.29 at Aldi, but now the price is 2.59 :(