Wednesday, January 19, 2011

How Do I Use It? Sugar Part II: Types and Uses

Sugar! You'd actually be surprised at the different kinds of sugar out there. But the good news is most sugars can be used interchangeably. Check-out some of the types.

  • Refined Sugar- plain old white sugar
  • Raw Sugar- Intermediate sugar in the refining process. Often seen referred to as "sugar in the raw"
  • Brown Sugar- Sugar coated with molasses
  • Turbinado Sugar- sugar that has been semi-refined. Closer to refined sugar than raw sugar.
  • Evaporated Cane Juice- Another type of sweetener.
  • Molasses- Syrup remaining from processing sugar
  • Honey- Sweetener made by bees.
  • (High Fructose) Corn Syrup- Syrup made from corn. High Fructose is just processed more.
  • Invert Sugar- used in baked goods to prolong shelf-life
  • Confectioner's Sugar- super fine sugar.
And of course there are several sugar substitutes out there. Some of these are better than others, but it's best just to use the real thing. Here are just a few I know of:
  • Splenda
  • Stevia
  • Nutrisweet
  • Equal
  • Sweet N Low

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