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What composition changes did Karo corn syrup make in 2023?

Every year, my family makes peanut brittle using an old family recipe (example recipe, slightly different from ours in quantities). A large portion of this recipe is Karo brand light corn syrup. The ...
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Possible to get Sugar Syrup and Coconut Oil to solidify together (Emulsifier needed?)

I'm trying to make a 'magic-shell' like topping from burnt sugar syrup by mixing burnt sugar syrup (sugar + corn syrup heated until dark copper color, cooked with water until smooth) with coconut oil. ...
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Can something have more sugar per 100g than the percentage of sugar that's in it?

If this is the wrong place to ask this, please direct me to the correct place. I am a big fan of cereal, and I like to eat a fair amount, but don't like to have too much sugar. I recently started ...
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Why does my invert sugar always crystallize?

I often use invert sugar as a humectant in confections. The problem is that it always crystallizes after a few days. My recipe is fairly simple. 1 kg refined sugar 200 ml filtered water 1 g cream ...
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Why does a “caramelising” stew dish cook so dramatically different in two different pots?

I have a pork rib dish that is essentially pork in water with sugar and fish sauce. The water evaporates and the pork eventually cooks coated in a sweet-savoury sauce. The dish is finished when most ...
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How can I make this antique ginger wine recipe using ingredients available today?

I have this old family ginger wine recipe, but some of the ingredients are hard to find or may not exist any more... Essence of Ginger 12mls Tincture of Capsicum 9mls Essence of Lemon 5mls Solution ...
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Watery brown suger syrup fermented into what?

I made brown suger syrup with coconut suger a while back... it got too thick so I added water and the leftovers stayed in a plastic bottle. Over time I noticed the bottle had built up pressure, and ...
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How much sugar does yeast consume?

I recently made a challah bread and wondered how much of the sugar is consumed by the yeast and whether this quantity is big enough to make a difference in the perceived sweetness. Essentially if I ...
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What is the best way to turn the chunks of jaggery into fine powder?

I have big chunks of jaggery. I want to turn them into fine powder. What is the best way to turn the chunks of jaggery into their powdered form?
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How to make "honeycomb" less sticky?

I made "honeycomb" (otherwise known as hokey-pokey, not real honeycomb) using this recipe: http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/hokey-pokey-36 It tastes delicious but it is supposed to be crunchy / ...
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Are there any naturally sweet legumes?

I'm just wondering if any legumes are sweet. Preferably, I'd like a sweet bean, but whatever works.
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Regarding brown butter n sugar and egg mixture

I whisked melted brown butter with sugar and eggs because I had to make cookies but due to some emergency I couldn't mix the flour n had to keep the butter sugar and egg mixture in the fridge ...
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How to successfully make candied ginger?

I tried to make candied ginger from fresh roots, but the result didn't turn out like I was expecting. The recipe I followed had me simmer the slices of ginger in a saucepan with 1 1/2 cups of brown ...
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How to stop erythritol crystallisation?

While making a "sugar" syrup reduction with erythritol, I have noticed that the liquid crystallises upon cooling. Google-fu says two parts of water and one part of erythritol will not ...
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What is a good sugar substitute for baking?

I'm curious about what I can use for a sugar substitute while baking. I'm not interested in artificial sweeteners. For instance, I've found that apple juice works well in some muffins. Are there any ...
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Does food containing sugar become uneatable due to chemical changes?

A few years ago I heard about some chemical effect which takes place in food containing high amounts of sugar. The outcome of it allegedly makes the food become unconsumeable within a few months. When ...
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Is there a possible substitute for sugar in creamed butter?

I'm always taken aback by how much sugar is necessary to make a cake. And also, I don't like super sweet things. I gather sugar is not just flavoring, but also necessary so that the crystal matrix ...
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Gritty sugar cookie dough. Raw. And cooked [duplicate]

I have made peanut butter cookie dough 2x both times the cookie dough came out gritty Baked and unbake I put the dough in frig for 3 hrs 1st batch the 2nd batch in the frig for 3 days. still is ...
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Can I use brown sugar in No Bake Cookies instead of Granulated Sugar?

Can I use Brown Sugar instead of Granulated Sugar in my No Bake Cookie Recipe?
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Can I rehydrate fish in sugary mixture?

I have some dried stock fish, and I want to rehydrate it in a mixture of jaggery and water for a dessert taco. Can that be done? I don't want to waste the fish trying this out. Like, is a mixture like ...
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How do you prepare liquids with a high sugar content into black rectangles?

Suppose that we begin with a fruit juice or other liquid having a large concentration of sugar. Examples are shown below: pineapple juice. pear juice. freshly made juice of sugar cane How would we ...
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Using osmotolerant yeast in regular bread

After the demise of my sourdough starter, I've decided to switch to instant yeast, and am trying to decide which to buy. Specifically, I'm comparing Saf-Instant Red and Saf-Instant Gold. The former is ...
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What effect does fat and sugar have on homemade bread?

I have been experimenting lately with different bread making techniques, particularly sandwich bread or 'Pain de Mie'. This differs from the previous recipes that have yeast, water, sugar, fats and ...
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Wrong ingredient order for dried cranberries?

I am looking at the nutritional label for Mariani Dried Cranberries. If I'm reading the label correctly, the serving size is 40g, 26g of which are added sugar (yep, 2/3 of this product is sugar!). ...
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Is Dextrose the same as Atomized Glucose Powder?

I have been making some yummy sorbets and ice creams. Many recipes call for atomized glucose powder. However, 'atomized glucose powder' is not that readily available. 'Dextrose', however, is ...
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Italian meringue deflated after adding sugar

I've only ever made French meringue prior to this, and I've only ever used whole, separated eggs. In this case, I used egg whites out of a carton (probably should note they were only a few weeks shy ...
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Sponge cake: how the proportions of the ingredients change the result

The common recipe (at least in Italy) for sponge cake is: total weight of eggs (yolks + whites) = X sugar = flour = 2/3 X I'm aware that the ratio of the ingredients affect the final result. For ...
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Why does adding sugar to sour things cause them not to be sour?

This is one of those things which I've always thought to be obvious and never really noticed as strange. "Obviously", if you add sugar to something sour, it makes something sweet. Take for instance ...
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Does using less sugar fundamentally impact how a cake or pie comes out other than sweetness?

One of my favorite pies is Impossible Pie, named such because you need only mix the ingredients and bake in a greased pan and it will form three layers (bottom crust, middle custard, top crunchy ...
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Should substituting about half of the sugar with erythritol make cookies lose all crispness?

There are some chocolate chip cookies I've made a couple of times made of (clarified) butter, sugar, oatmeal plus (white or whole wheat) flour, (a small amount of) egg, chocolate chips, vanilla, salt ...
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Can raw scallops be used as a sugar substitute?

Raw scallops contain glycine and alanine, two amino acids that invoke the sensation of sweetness on the tongue. People's sensitivity to these compounds can differ greatly; to me scallops have a very ...
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Forgot to add sugar to cookies

When making chocolate chip cookies, I forgot to add white sugar while I was creaming the butter and brown sugar. I creamed the butter and brown sugar, had just cracked the egg into the mixture when I ...
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Sugar forming tiny bubbles in microwaved coffee?

When I heat up coffee in the microwave and then pour in sugar, a layer of tiny dense bubbles forms at the top of the glass and stays there for the duration of the drinking, diminishing slightly over ...
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US food label of organic lemon juice

100% Juice 59 servings 1 tsp per serving (5ml) Ingredients: Organic Lemon Juice Calories zero, everything is zero on the nutrition facts and nothing mentioning sugar. Is only organic maple syrup ...
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How do I remove the soapy taste in homemade chili using home canned tomatoe juice?

Used home canned juice and store bought tomatoes to make chili. Added 2 tbls of sugar to the chili to cut down the metal taste. Now my chili has a soapy after taste. Can thus be saved or should I dump ...
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Replacing sugar with maple syrup

I have a cake recipe which, among its ingredients, requires using 300 gr of sugar and 120 gr of water. If I wanted to replace the sugar with maple syrup, would I need to adjust also the amount of ...
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I always burn my fudge. Why?

I'm trying to learn how to make fudge. Usually, I have no problems following recipes, but this one seems to be particularly difficult: 1 can of condensed milk (397 g) 115 grams of butter 450 grams of ...
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Can salt and sugar be used simultaenously to preserve food?

For example, Amla (Indian gooseberries) can be preserved by candying them in sugar, or preserving them in brine and vinegar. However, the candying makes them too sweet and preserving in salt makes ...
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Making jelly using erythritol & monk fruit extract in place of sugar

I'm making jelly. The box of pectin says not to reduce the sugar or it can cause 'set failure'. I want to use 'erythritol w/ monk fruit extract' in place of sugar (purchased from Costco). Will that ...
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Forgot to add sugar to the dough how can we fix it?

I have a dough rising which I realized was made without sugar. I used pineapple juice so I assume there was some sugar in there but this was supposed to be a sweet bread. Can we do something during ...
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How to dispose large amount of wet sugar?

I semi- regularly make my own dried, aged meat. As the first step, I keep it for 24-48 hours in sugar. Sugar sucks water out beautifully and when I'm done with it, it's dripping wet. So I have 10kg of ...
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Is sugar in syrup necessary?

I regularly make syrup from herbs (mint, lemon leaf, basil, etc.), usually with the following recipe: 1l water, 500g sugar, boil, let it cool to 70°C, add herbs, let it seep a day, strain it, add ...
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What is the difference between castor, confectionary and icing sugar?

I see these labels used and was wondering what exactly they mean?
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Can you make butter-cream icing with margerine?

I want to make a tipsy carrot cake. One where I make a nice sugar pickle with brandy, treacle sugar, powdered ginger and nutmeg. Grate the carrots and let them marinate overnight in the sugar pickle ...
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Does Sugar Cook Eggs?

There's a old wives tale of sugar cooking eggs. I was wondering if there's any substance to that or if it's merely a concentration of the egg as the sugars absorb water. I was watching The Try Guys ...
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Ice Cream Sugar Substitutes - Applesauce?

Can I replace the sugar in ice cream with (very smooth) applesauce. I do not enjoy my desserts to be super sweet and I always have tons of homemade applesauce sitting in the fridge. How much would ...
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Liquid glucose in marshmallows

What does liquid glucose do for a marshmallow? Has anyone replaced liquid glucose with golden syrup or any other syrup for that matter? What are the effects of using alternatives for marshmallows? ...
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Texture issue in homemade powdered sugar

The other day I was making marshmallows and ran into a multitude of problems -- broken candy thermometers, overheated mixers, syrup spill, you name it. I thought I'd escaped the clutches of fate and ...
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Why is my cream cheese frosting so soft?

I am using (almost) the CupcakeJemma recipe for cream cheese frosting: 150g soft unsalted butter 240g cream cheese 320g icing sugar (confectioner’s/powdered sugar) The listed recipe says to use 960g ...
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How can I prevent simple syrup from crystallizing?

When I store it in the refrigerator, my simple syrup always seems to crystallize. How can I prevent this? How long should I expect simple syrup to keep?

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