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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?

    That's what I'm going to use but I haven't had a chance yet. Picking up some bees tonight!

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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    Haven't used mine yet either! The reason I was wondering!

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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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    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)

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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?

    i love to see all the research that gets us no where
    because i read that corn starch is bad for bees and some one else says its fine so use what ever you want

    research also says that humans should not raise are work with bees - so who do you believe any more really?

    all i see that has ever came out of any research is that 2 people have different opinons on the same subject -

    thats my 2cents if you dont like it have Barry delete my profile - that way you have one less opinion to worry about
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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    Many people are looking for natural methods to control mites & powdered sugar is popular w/ some beekeepers. My concern is the cornstarch in the product. It has been shown that the bees cannot digest the cornstarch & it binds up the gut of the bees. Then the bees are not able to absorb nutrients. Until today I have not found a source of powdered sugar without cornstarch.
    I found this product by C&H. Only the "Ultra-fine Bakers Sugar" does not contain cornstarch.
    [URL="http://www.chsugar.com/sugar/granulated-sugar/bakers-sugar"]

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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeZerk View Post
    It has been shown that the bees cannot digest the cornstarch...
    True, but as long as temperatures are warm enough for them to fly and void themselves, it's not a problem.

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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    Mike
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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    If you are dusting, don't worry about the cornstarch. In fact, you can dust with just corn starch and it will work just as well... or flour or powdered sugar with corn starch. Just don't feed it. If you need it to make candy etc., then try to find "bakers sugar".
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Where to find powdered sugar without cornstarch?

    I stopped worrying about cornstarch when dusting a long time ago. Never had a problem with it.
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