Tuesday

SOS Mom Saver: Homemade Brown Sugar

I mentioned homemade brown sugar last week and promised that I would show you how to make it. 

Do me a favor.  Grab a bag of brown sugar from your cabinet.  There should be only 2 ingredients listed; sugar and molasses.  It's really THAT simple.  You take sugar and molasses and mix it together.  Yet you pay a premium to have the store pre-mix it for you.

Plus, if you buy pre-made brown sugar, you have to do something to keep it from getting hard.  We've all been there.  You have to add bread or something else to keep it soft.  Why not just make it yourself right when you need it?  It requires very little extra work.  (You can make some to store, but I find this so easy that I just mix it myself right when I need it.)

For light brown sugar, you mix 1 cup of sugar with 1 tablespoon of molasses.  Add the molasses to the sugar and mix until it's blended.  If you want a darker brown sugar, you double the molasses to 2 TB.  The 1 cup/1 TB ratio is what's common for light brown sugar you find pre-made in the store.

An added bonus is that you can use raw sugar instead of processed sugar making your brown sugar even healthier.

I'm often amazed at how simple most homemade items are.  We tend to think that we can't live without pre-made products when the ingredients to make those products are so simple to store and keep long-term...while the pre-made product will go bad fairly quickly.

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