When you are cooking, one of the most useful things to know would have to be when it is possible to use a substitute ingredient if you have run out of something. It always happens when you are in a hurry, you are all set to whip up a quick meal or make a batch of your favourite treats and then you suddenly realise that you have run out of one of the key ingredients! This is when the ability to make your own substitute ingredients will really come in handy.
One valuable make-your-own kitchen tip that everyone should know about is the method for making your own brown sugar. I don’t know if I will ever need to buy brown sugar again after learning that you can make your own from just white sugar and molasses.
If you have ever been just about to make up a delicious batch of cookies and discovered that you don’t have any brown sugar then the following links could be a godsend!
Making Your Own Brown Sugar
I was making cookies the other day when I realised that I had run out of brown sugar. I initially found a couple of links that showed how to make brown sugar yourself. I decided to go with the one I saw at Joy the Baker as it seems to be the easiest.
All I had to do was use a fork to mix up one tablespoon of molasses with one cup of white sugar and I got a great result. If you want darker brown sugar just add more molasses!
I also saw over at Food.com that you can use a food processor to make brown sugar too!
Making Brown Sugar in Larger Batches
If you use a lot of brown sugar and want to make up a larger batch then the following video link shows you the quantities and method that you can use to make up a large batch in an electric mixer.
MarjoriesCandies YouTube video: Brown Sugar: How to make your own.
How to Make Brown Sugar Using a Mini Blender
Finally I came across the video below which showed brown sugar being made using a mini blender type mixer to blend the sugar and molasses. I don’t actually have one of these but I thought it was a great idea for those that do.
255sage YouTube video: Homemade Brown Sugar For Less $
I hope that these links will help you to make some brown sugar of your own when you run out. You might mix it in a bowl using a fork like I did or you might use a food processor or some sort of mixer.
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