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  1. #1
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    Default Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    I live in Georgia. Can anyone tell me where to buy powdered sugar that doesn't have cornstarch? I've checked Wally World and a local supermarket but they have cornstarch added.
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    sometime you will find it in specialty health nut stores - but it will cost you a pretty penny for a small bag

    better to just make your own - just take table sugar and dump in a cup into the bender and hit spin - it takes a little time but its nice powder sugar without the starch - then just apply with a sifting screen to avoid clumps

    best of luck
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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    If you are using PS as a mite treatment the cornstarch will not matter. The bees will not consume enough to make a difference.

    Just dont "feed" bees a lot of sugar containing cornstarch!

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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    the adult bees will not be harmed by the corn starch - its the open brood that gets killed - the starch is like dry cement and will coat the larve and they dry up -
    thats why you want PS with no Cornstarch in it
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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    Tests have shown very little brood is affected when using PS (w/ or wo cornstarch).

    The original cornstarch warning pertained to feeding. Someone concluded the information held true when the PS treatment method was developed years later.

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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    Does anyone use the garden-type bellows blower to blow powdered sugar up onto the bees from the entrance or from under the SBB?

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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    Quote Originally Posted by concrete-bees View Post
    the adult bees will not be harmed by the corn starch - its the open brood that gets killed - the starch is like dry cement and will coat the larve and they dry up -
    thats why you want PS with no Cornstarch in it
    Powdered sugar will dry out open brood if it get in to the cell
    just my $0.02
    (Cornstarch or not)

    BEE HAPPY Jim 134

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    I'm going to treat a package with the powdered sugar before they have brood.
    I will just make my own if it's that simple.

    Thank you all for your help! This site is great and y'all are very helpful!!!

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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    If using for feeding, you can purchase "Baker sugar" made by C&H. It is not quite "powdered" but very fine crystals and NO additives. Larger grocery outlets should carry it.

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