The other day I was getting ready to make some homemade bread dough and wouldn’t you know it, I was out of brown sugar. So I just made my own brown sugar. As I was making it, I thought “why am I doing this? Why don’t I just use some white sugar?” Want to know why I thought this?
Brown Sugar is simply White Sugar with Molasses. Yep it is. People have been touting that brown sugar is better than white sugar as long as I can remember! It’s simply not true…barely.
This is the process of how to make brown sugar at home. Then I’ll give you a little heads up on how manufacturer’s make brown sugar.
1 cup White Sugar
1 Tbsp. Molasses
Put White Sugar into a blender/processer of any kind.
Then add Molasses ~
Then turn the processer on until well mixed.
So here is the scoop on Brown Sugar….a very SIMPLE definition.
Raw Sugar is brown in color. Manufacturers put this raw sugar through a process that extracts the “brown” which is actually natural molasses! After they do this, they then bleach the raw sugar white. Yes, you read that right…they BLEACH IT.
Then…to make brown sugar they add the molasses back in!
Ok does that even make sense!?
It’s like making “enriched” breads. They extract the already natural ingredients and then put the “enriched” ingredients back in.
Hmmm. Sounds a bit silly to me…and definitely not as healthy. Look for WHOLE grains and such. Just a little side note. Anyway, back to how to make brown sugar.
So bottom line is this. Of course you can make your own brown sugar…BUT…
Sugar is sugar.
Ok two more quick things so that you won’t be too depressed about the whole brown sugar thing…LOL
- Molasses does have some health benefits
- There are brown sugar substitutes
I’ll post about these in the next couple of days.
Enjoy and use wisely.
Be blessed today! 3
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