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How to Measure Sugar

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.

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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.

Measuring brown sugar.

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.

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