Saturday, March 19, 2011

culture shock

How is your sugar packaged?

In America, my mom buys her sugar in a 5 pound, rather durable paper package.

In Japan, our sugar looks like the picture above. The largest amount I've seen in the markets is 1 kilo, about 2 pounds.

The plastic around the sugar is so tight that it is quite hard to get the sugar out of the bag.

Most times while transferring the sugar into my container, I end up spilling some.

I have a feeling that they package sugar this way for storage purposes. It won't take so much space on store shelves.

I imagine drugs in kilo form look similar to this.

The weather is supposed to warm up today then we'll have rain for a couple of days before going back to cold weather.

Hope you have a nice weekend.


Dennis K. said...

I always loved that spoon logo. It's a classic!

Japan Australia said...

Yes, I would image it is done this way for size and to save space on the shelves. It is done differently in Australia with large paper packages that are easier to open and use.

Japan Australia

jalna said...

I bought C & H brown sugar once packaged just like that. I forget where from . . . maybe Costco. I transferred it to a glass jar after opening the package.

Cams said...

I admired the way your sugar is packed. Definitely it has it's purpose why the proprietor uses to pack this way. Honestly it doesn't look like sugar. It just looks like that of a paper placed in a packaged.

K and S said...

Thanks Dennis :)

Thanks J-A!

Didn't realize C&H had some packages like this Jalna.

Thanks Cams!

Take care everyone.

Rowena said...

Our sugar comes in paper or plastic, normally at 1 kilo sizes. I've actually been keeping track of our consumption of sugar to see how much we go through. It works out that I buy a kilo every 2 months. Not too bad, I think, even if it means baking less sweets. Aside from all the stuff regarding sugar as being bad for your health, I really want to cut down on using it at home although whatever it's in when we eat out is another topic!

K and S said...

every 2 months is really good I think Rowena. hope you can cut down on using it at home :)

Take care.

Deb in Hawaii said...

I bought some in a resealable plastic bag the other day that I thought was a good compromise--less space but not as tightly packed as the one there. ;-)

K and S said...

I wish these bags were resealable Deb in Hawaii, they barely leave any space to cut the bag open :0

Take care.

manju said...

Most of the raw sugar we buy is from South America and the largest we find is 2kg packages that look kind of like your picture! I find it helps to whack the package on the counter to kinda loosen the sugar a bit. Then I snip just a corner and pour directly into an airtight container. This is my method born after cleaning up lots of sugary messes! ; )

K and S said...

I will try your method, Manju, hope that will save me from spills :)

Take care.