Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Try It Tuesday! Make Your Own Brown Sugar!

Since moving to Florida, for economic AND health reasons, I have totally tweaked our families eating styles. Check out my first blog post here to learn more about how I changed our food budget from $900-1000/ month to only $400 by doing just a few different things!

One thing I noticed is that brown sugar is a lot more expensive than regular sugar. I use the Wholesome Organic Sugar brand.

For most of my baking, I use Sucanat, which is one of the rawest, least processed forms of sugar you can have. It is a good replacement for brown sugar, but sometimes, you just want to have the real thing...brown sugar.

This method is a lot cheaper than buying brown sugar at the store:

Molasses- preferrably Black Strap Molasses because of the health benefits

Mix 1 c. of Sugar to 1 T. Molasses for light brown sugar or 2 T. Molasses for Dark Brown Sugar. Mix with a fork until completely combined...there's your own homemade brown sugar! Why pay more when its so easy to do yourself!

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Black Strap Molasses is good for you because: Source

  • Blackstrap Molasses is a very good source of calcium. Calcium, one of the most important minerals in the body, is involved in a variety of physiological activities essential to life, including the ability of the heart and other muscles to contract, blood clotting, the conduction of nerve impulses to and from the brain, regulation of enzyme activity, and cell membrane function. Calcium is needed to form and maintain strong bones and teeth during youth and adolescence, and to help prevent the loss of bone that can occur during menopause and as a result of rheumatoid arthritis. Calcium binds to and removes toxins from the colon, thus reducing the risk of colon cancer, and because it is involved in nerve conduction, may help prevent migraine attacks. Two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses will meet 11.8% of your daily needs for calcium.
  • Contains copper, manganese, potassium and magnesium.

You want to look for a Blackstrap Molasses that is unsulfured since this processing chemical can be an allergen for some. Blackstrap Molasses is what is left after the third boiling of sugar.

Try It!!


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