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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Make Your Own Brown Sugar

by Chiot's Run

There are lots of things you can make at home for much less than you can buy them at the store. Not only does it save money, but it saves time as well. No more quick trips to the store to get brown sugar when you start baking and realize you're out. I've been making my own brown sugar for quite a while, mostly because it can be difficult to find organic brown sugar when you live in a rural area and it's pretty expensive when you do actually find it! I definitely couldn't get organic brown sugar for less than $1.50/lb, which is about what this costs me.



To make your own brown sugar all you need is white sugar and molasses. I use organic evaporated cane juice sugar (not Sucanat) and unsulphered organic blackstrap molasses. The general recipe is 1 cup of sugar and 2 Tablespoons of molasses. You can adjust the molasses amount or use a different kind of molasses to suit your tastes. I'm partial to blackstrap or sorghum molasses. I also like to use at least 2 Tablespoons or a bit more, since I like really dark brown sugar and a pronounced molasses flavor.



After adding the molasses to the sugar all you have to do is mix. This can take a while, you can use a mixer if you're making a large amount, the whisk attachment works very well for this task. Mixing by hand is also fine and I have found much quicker than using a mixer, I like using a fork for this method. Don't worry if you have small lumps of molasses in the final product, I usually don't mix until completely combined.



Another added benefit to making brown sugar at home, is that it's always fresh. It smells wonderful and it's always nice and soft. It has a much deeper flavor than store-bought brown sugar, which I really appreciate! I usually make up just enough for my recipe, but during the busy holiday baking season I might make a batch to keep on hand.



Now you can add this to the growing list of things you can make at home. You'll have a constant supply of fresh brown sugar for baking all kinds of delicious goodies.

Have you ever made brown sugar at home? Any other great things you make at home you'd love to share?

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23 comments:

htr said...

I had no idea this was even possible. I have learned something new today. Thank you very much!

LindaG said...

I agree. Thanks a lot!

David said...

I always knew that molasses was a by product of white sugar and had all the good stuff from the sugar but I didn't know that it could recombined into brown sugar again. Thanks for the information.

Frogdancer said...

Awesome.
Thanks for this.

Sadge said...

Interesting. I'm thinking why not, instead of doing the sugar mixing and then baking, just use white sugar and add the proportional amount of molasses to the batter?

50 and still trying to be Frugal .... said...

I make my own peanut butter and golden syrup, now I can try the brown sugar.
All these things are difficult to buy here

Flik said...

So simple, thank you! Do you think it's possible to replace brown sugar in a recipe with white sugar + molasses separately? Or would you need to mix them first?

Kimberly said...

I've been doing this for about a year and will never buy brown sugar again. :) It's always soft and flavorful!

Laura @ Getting There said...

Oh my gosh, I can't believe I never thought of doing this. I purchase organic cane sugar and organic molasses at the store, but I was just thinking the other day that it's a shame I can't find organic brown sugar. Now I will make my own! We go through a lot of brown sugar because my kids have a sprinkle of it on their oatmeal every morning. :)

Mrs. J said...

What a great idea! I am going to try this for the upcoming Christmas season. Thank you for sharing!

Chiot's Run said...

I'm not sure if you can just mix white sugar and molasses in a recipe, give it a go and let us know.

Dea-chan said...

I've only ever made it when baking and going "oh crap I'm out! hmm..." but it was never something I thought to make on a regular basis. I don't really use molasses on a regular basis (although just discovered I have some?) so haven't really seen a use for this. :-P

Dea-chan said...

Oh, and it was definately just adding sugar and molasses separately to the batter. It tasted fine. :-P

emilysincerely said...

Love this - I have been making my own brown sugar after reading the post you did on your blog earlier this year. Thank you AGAIN! This make things so easy and fresh.

Sincerely, Emily

Oya's Daughter said...

Cheers for this, I was actually bemoaning not having brown sugar yesterday and improvised but molasses (called 'treacle' here) never occurred to me. As I'm running anaemic at the moment I really should have some of it on hand anyway.

Cheers

Diane at Patchwork Economics said...

I'll definitely be adding this to the homemade repertoire. I don't know why I've never thought of this before?!

I'm sure the nutrient value is higher in the homemade variety, too because who knows what sort of 'molasses' is used in the commercial stuff???

Thank you!

Kristina Strain said...

This is terrific! I love making things myself, though I've never tried brown sugar. I get such a thrill from that self-sufficient feeling. Here's a link to a guide for making lots of stuff at home, from laundry detergent to roasted coffee beans: http://www.growandmake.com/make-your-own

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canttalkdyeing said...

I'm with Dea-chan, I just add about a tablespoon of molasses per cup of white sugar if I don't have any brown. It works just dandy! Though for sprinkling on things you'd have to mix it.

Flik said...

What a coincidence! I watch Alton Brown's show on Hulu, and this week it's about sugar and molasses!

http://www.hulu.com/watch/193321/good-eats-the-dark-side-of-the-cane#play-queued-show-by-original_premiere_date-asc

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