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What is Turbinado sugar?

Turbinado sugar is sugar that has been refined to a light tan color by washing in a centrifuge under sanitary conditions. Surface molasses is removed in the washing process. In total sugar content Turbinado is closer to refined sugar than to raw sugar. It can be purchased in many health food stores and some supermarkets.

How can brown sugar be stored to prevent hardening?

Store brown sugar in a way that allows the product to retain its natural moisture--in its original plastic bag (closed tightly) or in a moisture-proof container.

If the sugar hardens, let it stand overnight in a sealed jar with a damp paper towel or apple slice. For a quick fix, heat the needed amount in a 250 degree oven for a few minutes, or microwave on low for 1-2 minutes per cup. Use immediately.

What is the difference between light and dark brown sugar?

Selection of one or the other is a matter of personal preference. Dark brown sugar has a stronger molasses flavor. Lighter types are used in baking, butterscotch and glazes for ham. Richer-flavored dark brown sugar is desirable for gingerbread, baked beans, plum pudding and other full-flavored foods.

Can confectioners (powdered) sugar be substituted for granulated sugar in a recipe?

These products usually are not interchangeable. Confectioners sugar is made up of much finer particles than granulated sugar and contains about 3% corn starch (to prevent caking).


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