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Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Molasses on 04/28/2010 17:03:02 MDT Print View

I like a bit of molasses to flavor my morning oatmeal and other things. Typically it is only a half spoonful, but that adds up over a lot of meals.

Is there any easy way to dehydrate that with a food dehydrator? Or do I need to cook it? So far, all I get is hot molasses.

I am striving to drive out all of the water and leave just some brown or black chips remaining.

--B.G.--

JJ Mathes
(JMathes) - F

Locale: Southeast US
granulated molasses on 04/28/2010 17:39:35 MDT Print View

Bob- I bought granulated molasses at Whole Foods

Yumm

John Addleman
(Jaddleman) - F

Locale: Boulder
Re: granulated molasses on 04/28/2010 17:58:21 MDT Print View

I'll have to look out for that, J. Bob, there are also some raw cane sweeteners, like rapadura, that have that similar taste.

Myself, I'm also going to try to dehydrate honey... could be messy!

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: maple sugar on 04/28/2010 18:11:59 MDT Print View

maple sugar is another deeelishus substitute for molasses.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Molasses on 04/28/2010 20:34:13 MDT Print View

Yep! I have bought granulated as well!
http://packitgourmet.com/Molasses-Powder-p215.html

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: honey on 04/28/2010 20:34:48 MDT Print View

You can buy powdered honey! Often found in Asian grocery stores....

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Molasses on 04/29/2010 00:53:29 MDT Print View

So, it seems that there is no easy way to make molasses pellets.

--B.G.--

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: granulated molasses on 04/29/2010 18:03:51 MDT Print View

JJ, I just went to the nearest Whole Foods store, and they had no idea what I was talking about.

I think I will just try to cook some molasses and see what kind of pellets I get.

--B.G.--

JJ Mathes
(JMathes) - F

Locale: Southeast US
granulated molasses on 04/29/2010 18:21:26 MDT Print View

Bob- sorry about that, I live in Atlanta, maybe it's a regional thing. So, I did a quick search for you and look what I found...

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=molasses+powder&tag=yahhyd-20&index=aps&hvadid=17749994511&ref=pd_sl_4pwdrurh1x_b

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: granulated molasses on 04/29/2010 19:26:09 MDT Print View

JJ, you probably need granulated molasses to go over your instant grits.

I managed to dehydrate my normal molasses to a soft ball state, then I rolled the balls in brown sugar. Now I have dime-sized molasses balls that don't stick together much.

--B.G.--

Javan Dempsey
(jdempsey)

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
tapa de dulce on 04/30/2010 17:38:42 MDT Print View

Dark brown blocks of sweet goodness they call tapa de dulce when I was growing up in C.R. is what you want Bob.

Can be found in latin markets(dark more molasses kind), and indian markets(lighter more cane syrupy type) cheap!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panela
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaggery

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: tapa de dulce on 04/30/2010 18:03:31 MDT Print View

They look like big blocks of brown sugar.

Brown sugar is easy. I'm just trying to get more into the flavor part of molasses and less into the sugar part.

I've been to one historic sugar cane mill in Hawaii, so I kind of know what to expect.

You should package some of that and sell it to backpackers as Nectar of the Gods.

--B.G.--

Javan Dempsey
(jdempsey)

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Re: tapa de dulce on 04/30/2010 21:14:56 MDT Print View

No Bob, the dark brown variety tastes like molasses, but you don't have to take my word for it. Actually, it tastes more unique than molasses.. *shrug*

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: tapa de dulce on 04/30/2010 22:18:08 MDT Print View

You can't refuse a man his molasses-flavored oatmeal in the morning. Not tapa de dulce, not honey, not plain sugar.

Besides, I don't want to have to move to Central America to feed my new habit.

--B.G.--

Javan Dempsey
(jdempsey)

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Re: Re: Re: tapa de dulce on 04/30/2010 23:16:25 MDT Print View

Haha, fair enough Bob. Honestly, molasses is it's own beast, and IMHO, a vice worthy of it's disturbing affectation.