Granulated sugar, confectioner's or powdered sugar, brown sugar -- get your recipes started off on the right foot by learning the best way to use, store, and measure sugar of all varieties.
Granulated, Brown, or Powdered Sugar?
If your recipe simply calls for sugar, use white granulated sugar. Powdered sugar, or confectioner's sugar, refers to granulated sugar that has been pulverized; cornstarch is often added to powdered sugar to prevent clumping. If your recipe requires brown sugar, it will be noted as such. Brown sugar is a mix of granulated sugar and molasses; the amount of molasses determines whether the sugar is classified as light or dark.
Store Your Sugar
Boxed or bagged sugar needs to be transfered to a sealed plastic bag or airtight container to avoid hardening. When sugars are stored in a cool, dry place, they will keep indefinitely.
How to Measure Sugar
Granulated or powdered sugar should be spooned into a dry measuring cup and leveled off. Brown sugar, on the other hand, should be pressed firmly into a dry measure so it holds the shape when it is turned out.