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Also Known as
Caster Sugar, Superfine Sugar
Castor sugar is raw cane sugar with a fine free flowing texture and a light golden colour. It is different from standard sugar because of the light presence of molasses, which adds a delicious flavour and aroma. Much like regular table sugar, caster sugar can come in both refined and unrefined forms.
The texture of caster sugar lies somewhere between conventional table sugar and confectioner's sugar. The fine grind makes it ideal for many baking projects, since it dissolves easily and creams readily. It is also used in juices and cocktails. It is available readily in grocery stores. If castor sugar cannot be obtained, it can be replaced with standard sugar, partially ground in a mixer.
How to Select
• Castor sugar is available in both refined and unrefined forms. Choose the appropriate one as desired.
• Check the packaging date and ensure that it is dry and has no moisture
• To ensure freshness, check for free movement and dry granules.
• Ideal for baking, particularly sponge cakes.
• Also used to sweeten beverages as it dissolves quickly.
• Bar tenders often use caster sugar in mixed drinks or cocktails, since it does not create a layer of thick syrup or crystals.
• Because of its fineness, it dissolves more quickly than regular white sugar, and is especially useful in meringues and cold liquids.
How to Store
• Keep in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.
• Once opened, store in an airtight container to prevent the sugar from going hard or damp.