Although molasses is a sweetener that has been around for well over a thousand years, many people do not realize the history, usefulness, and healthfulness of this thick, viscous syrup. In fact, the only thing that most people know about molasses is that it moves very slowly hence the popular phrase “slow as molasses.” Through this post, we want to give molasses the credit that it deserves by providing some key information and answering some customer frequently asked questions specifically for our Golden Barrel Supreme Baking Molasses and Golden Barrel Blackstrap Molasses.
|Photo of Golden Barrel Supreme Baking Molasses taken from The Lass in the Apron|
What exactly is molasses anyway?
By definition, molasses is the thick dark syrup that is produced by boiling down juice from sugar cane or sugar beets especially during sugar refining. In other words, it is what is left over after the sugar crystals (table sugar) has been removed.
What is Golden Barrel Molasses made from?
All of our molasses is made from sugar cane.
What is unsulfured molasses?
Sometimes when molasses is extracted, a chemical called sulfur dioxide is used as a processing aid and preservative. It is used mainly when young or unripened stocks of sugar cane are used. Unsulfured molasses is made with mature sugar cane stocks without any sulfur dioxide or any other processing aids. Unsulfured molasses is considered more desirable since it is more natural and has a cleaner and purer taste. Also, some people are sensitive to the sulfur dioxide chemical.
All of our Golden Barrel Supreme Baking Molasses and Blackstrap Molasses is 100% unsulfured.
What is the difference between Golden Barrel Supreme Baking Molasses and Golden Barrel Blackstrap Molasses?
Our molasses comes from expeller-pressing sugar cane stocks producing a “cane juice syrup.” The first and second series of boiling this sugar cane juice syrup results in a sweet sugary molasses that is used to make Supreme Baking Molasses. Supreme Baking Molasses is mostly used in baking things such as shoofly pie, bread, or cookies. (click here for some recipes using Supreme Baking Molasses from our Pinterest site)
The molasses is then boiled again until most of the sugar is removed resulting in a dark, thick and robust tasting molasses that is used to make Blackstrap Molasses. Blackstrap molasses is the most healthful molasses as most of the sugar has been processed out but the nutrients and minerals all still remain.
Both can be used for baking but will produce differing tastes in the final product. Generally, when a recipe calls for Molasses, it is referring to something like Supreme Baking Molasses. Blackstrap Molasses is used for recipes where a stronger flavor is desired such as baked beans.
Can I use molasses as a substitute for sugar?
Molasses can be substituted for sugar and other sweeteners in recipes. You will need to use 1 1/3 cups of Golden Barrel Supreme Baking Molasses plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for every cup of sugar used. You will also need to cut back the amount of liquid used in the recipe by 1/3 cup per cup of sugar substituted so that the balance of moisture in the recipe is equal as molasses will add extra moisture.
We recommend experimenting with the substitution and not cutting back the full amount of sugar right away as molasses can change the taste of some recipes.
I am out of brown sugar, can I make my own using molasses?
If a recipe is calling for brown sugar, you can make your own by simply using 2 tablespoons of Golden Barrel Supreme Baking Molasses per cup of white sugar to replace light brown sugar and 4 tablespoons per cup of white sugar to replace dark brown sugar. In most instances, you can add the molasses and sugar straight into the recipe to be mixed with the other ingredients.
Does your molasses need to be refrigerated?
Our molasses in retail sizes has a 4 year shelf and can be stored in a cool, dry place such as a regular cupboard or pantry. Refrigeration is not required.
What are some of the minerals found in molasses?
Molasses is naturally loaded with minerals. Blackstrap Molasses contains more minerals than Supreme Baking Molasses because it is more concentrated as more sugar has been removed. Some of the minerals found in molasses are potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium as well as trace amounts of manganese, copper, and zinc.
What are the health benefits of taking Blackstrap Molasses?
There are many health benefits associated with taking blackstrap molasses as a health supplement. This is due to the numerous amount of minerals as mentioned above. We suggest doing your own Google research on the health benefits of molasses. Here is an example of some of the benefits from healthdiaries.com.
What are the ingredients in molasses?
There is only one ingredient in any of our molasses products: 100% sugar cane molasses. It is all natural and has no additives or preservatives.
Isn’t Blackstrap Molasses only for animals?
Absolutely not! Despite what some sources may say on the internet, blackstrap molasses is frequently used for many human purposes including health supplementation as well as in baking. In fact, many large food companies use blackstrap molasses in many of the products that you may eat on a regular basis.
What sizes do you offer?
Both Golden Barrel Molasses’ are made in retail sizes of 16 oz. (pint), 32 oz. (quart), and 128 oz. (gallon). We also sell molasses in bulk sizes such as pails, drums, totes, and tank loads.
|Bulk sizes of molasses can be delivered on one of our Good Food, Inc. trucks|
As you can see, molasses offers a lot more than the connotation of just being “slow”. Hopefully, this post helped give a better understanding of the importance and usefulness of our Golden Barrel Molasses products. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask us in the comments section.
Mitch has worked with Golden Barrel Baking Products in Quality Control and Online Marketing since 2002. He is a transplanted Canadian to Lancaster County who still enjoys playing hockey, eh! If you have ever asked a question through email or social media, then you have most likely interacted with Mitch.