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And sugar at supper time .... hope you're all singing!
Sugar has been used to sweeten tea and coffee for many years, but not in our household unless we have visitors that take sugar! I gave up sugar in my student days hoping to lose some weight and my husband uses sweeteners in coffee.
The Tate and Lyle granulated sugar can be found in most supermarkets and shops and is made using Cane sugar. I like Tate and Lyle because it is a Fairtrade product, and I'm happy to support companies that believe in trading fairly with farmers. The packet using paper that can be recycled is blue and white, with the blue lower part of the bag showing a silhouette of a farmer cutting cane and a big sun shining. The bag contains 1 kilo and on the front it gives the amount of calories etc contained in a 4 gram teaspoon, which is 16 calories. There is no fat, sodium or fibre which I'm sure comes as no surprise!
Today, sugarcane is grown in over 110 countries, Brazil and India produce the largest quantities.
You may wonder why I am reviewing sugar as we don't use it in drinks, but I use it for cooking so it is a well used ingredient in my kitchen. It is a vital ingredient in jam making, which depending on quantities I make in my preserving pan or small quantities I use my bread maker, it is vital that you use cane sugar to get a good set. Beet sugar does not gel as well and needs to have extra pectin added. I prefer caster sugar in sponges and meringues as it dissolves quicker and gives a better result but I do use it in scones and for sweetening fruit in tarts and pies. I use it also in a lovely pudding using up leftover scones, a posh type of bread and butter pudding - grease a ramekin dish and add a buttered scone, you can add some sultanas if it's a plain scone. Make some egg custard using 1 egg and 1 tablespoon sugar to each ¼ pint milk - this should be enough for 2 portions. If you like whisky a teaspoon or two over each scone gives it a little kick! You can warm the milk before pouring over the beaten egg and sugar and then pour over the scones. Sprinkle with some cinnamon or nutmeg. If possible leave to stand for a while before baking in a tin with boiling water to make a Bain Marie at Reg. 4 for about 30 minutes until the custard is set. Serve warm - delicious even if calorific!
Tate and Lyle have a promise to farmers to help improve the lives of small scale cane farmers. By purchasing this product you and I will have helped fund children's education and more sustainable farming for over 6000 farming families. They make the sugar from natural juice of sugar cane ripened by the sun, transported by ship and packed in recyclable bags, and so do their bit to help the environment. There is a little carbon footprint on the side of the bag which shows 380g CO2 per 1kg bag.
It needs to be stored in a dry place and once opened in an airtight container. A little bit of sugar goes a long way and the addition of a teaspoonful to a tomato sauce really enhances the flavour. Spill it on the floor and you'll stick and crunch for ages! It may not be good for your teeth or your waistline but a little mixed to a paste with olive oil makes a great exfoliant - rub onto your arms and legs and rinse with warm water and pat dry and rub in body lotion. For those who like to impress you can melt the sugar with some water and boil until it reaches the correct temperature and then create spun sugar baskets to place on desserts. It does take some skill and a lot of care or you may get burned but the finished product is amazing! All this for just 69p a 1 kilo bag from Tesco.
Do I recommend this sugar? Oh yes I certainly do, a lovely white sugar with many uses and made by a company who think of others.
When it comes to Tate + Lyle its the only brand of sugars that I buy. I appreciate quality and know what I'm getting each and every time I buy a bag of it!
This sugar comes in many different varieties of sugar and by that I mean you can purchase Tate + Lyle Fruit Sugar and different colours etc. This cane sugar comes in a dark blue and white paper bag which is folded over to the top of it so easy to open etc. On the front of the bag I am told that it is Tate + Lyle Cane Sugar and that it is 'Granulated', that the size I purchased is 1kg and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information stated on the bag includes being told a bit about the product and nutritional information is given and contact details for Tate & Lyle are also stated. Nice enough bag, easy to open as I have stated earlier though a pest to reseal so do have a canister or summat to pour it into!
A Bit About The Product According To The Information Listed On The Packaging:
Our sugar is made from the natural juice of sugar cane ripened by the sun, transported by ship and packed into recyclable bags
What I appreciate about this sugar is the fact it is always white in colour. Sounds silly that but I find this really roughly granulated but really brilliantly white with no weird discolouration or bits I feel shouldn't be in it, within it.
It melts really well although really granulated and for me this is a sugar best added to hot drinks as it evaporates so fast though of course you can use this for baking etc however I do find when using it for that, that it can stay a little bit too granulated and it really needs mixing up, blending etc.
As you would expect from sugar it is sweet, and naturally so and for me this is a superb quality sugar that I trust and will always continue to use!
Nutritional Information Per 4g Teaspoon:
Available in all good supermarkets etc and at about 70p for a bag the size I get (1kg).