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Is sugar a preservative in meat?

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In a high enough concentration it can be. Cells (bacterial or otherwise) can only prevent osmosis across their membranes to a limited extent. When a solution is concentrated enough (i.e. hypertonic), it can dessicate the cells, therefore retarding microbial growth and rendering potential pathogens inert .

Some examples of sugar-based preservatives include various syrups (i.e. maple), honey, and fruit preserves (jams). In particular it is useful to note that jam does not require raising temperatures above 104C to kill botulinum spores; although most operations will pasteurize the stock to kill fungal spores which may grow on the top layer of the jam due to recondensed water).

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This method is simmilar to pickling. It is the process of desiccating a food by first dehydrating it,then packing it with pure sugar. Sugar preservation is also called sugaring. The purpose of sugaring is to create an environment hostile to microbial life and prevent food spoilage. Sugaring is commonly use to preserve fruits as well as vegetables such us ginger. A risk in sugaring is that sugar itself attracts moisture. Once a sufficient moisture level is reached,native yeast in the environment will come out of dormancy and begin to ferment the sugars into alchohol and carbon dioxide. By:Elden Carlo E. Manobo-Living in Calamba City, Laguna-Studying in San Beda College Alabang

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In squashes and chutnies, sugar is used as a preservative.

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the poo one

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It can be, but salt is more commonly used to preserve meats.

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It doesn't . Sugar may actually help food rot faster because bacteria feeds off of it . Salt is a preservative.

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It's a sweetener.

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