Sucanat, an abbreviation for "sugar cane natural," is a type of unrefined cane sugar that retains its original molasses content. Made by crystallizing the juice extracted from sugar canes without removing the molasses, this sweetener boasts a rich flavor with hints of caramel. Sucanat has a granulated texture and a light brown color, making it visually similar to brown sugar. In terms of usage, sucanat can replace traditional white and brown sugar in various recipes, such as baked goods, sauces, and beverages. Although sweeter and more flavorful than refined sugars, it contains trace minerals that lend it a slightly healthier profile.
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Sucanat FAQ
Often when cooking with sucanat, people get confused about how it differs from regular white or brown sugar. Although sucanat can replace traditional sugar in many recipes, it's important to note that it has a strong, molasses-like flavor that can impact the taste of your dish. It's sweeter and more nuanced than regular sugar, so you might need to adjust the amount of sucanat you use to achieve the desired flavor. One common mistake when using sucanat is thinking that it would melt or caramelize like traditional sugars. Due to its unrefined nature, sucanat doesn’t melt or caramelize as well, making it less suitable for recipes that require these processes, like caramel or certain types of candy. To get the most out of sucanat, consider using it in recipes where its rich, robust flavor can shine, such as in baked goods, sauces, or warming beverages. Be sure to experiment with the sweetener levels to get the flavour just right. A fun tip with sucanat is to mix it with cinnamon to create your own flavored sweetener that is delicious on oatmeal, coffee, and many other dishes.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does sucanat expire?
Unopened sucanat can last indefinitely as long as it is stored in a cool, dry place. Once the package has been opened, sucanat should be used within two years for the best quality, but it can still be safe to consume after this time if stored properly. If you choose to freeze sucanat, it can last indefinitely, but it may clump together over time. No specific expiration date is printed on the package as it has a relatively long shelf life.
How do you tell if sucanat is bad?
Generally, sucanat does not spoil, but it can harden over time, making it difficult to use. The presence of bugs or an off smell is a clear sign that your sucanat has gone bad and should be discarded. Any change in its normal caramel-like color could also indicate that it has gone bad.
Tips for storing sucanat to extend shelf life
• Keep sucanat in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. A pantry or a cupboard away from the stove, oven, and sink is ideal. • Use a terra cotta brown sugar keeper to prevent sucanat from hardening. You'll just need to soak the disk in water for about 15 minutes, pat dry, and then place it in the container with the sucanat. • Dividing sucanat into smaller containers or resealable plastic bags can help maintain its quality if you plan to freeze it. Make sure to squeeze out any excess air before sealing.
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