How frustrating is it when you start making things from scratch to avoid plastic packaging, then find that the ingredients only come in plastic too? Brown sugar presented a real problem for me in the beginning. I could not find it in bulk and I could not find it out of a plastic bag. What the hell was so different about this sugar, I thought to myself one day. So I decided to find out. Now that I know what it is, I’m a bit embarrassed that I had no clue, but I’m also thrilled to have an easy, zero waste solution to share with you (admit it, you don’t know what brown sugar is either). Are you ready to have your mind blown? Brown sugar is made by mixing molasses into white sugar. THAT’S IT!
Now go forth and make as much as you like. Get your sugar in a paper bag (or bulk if you are lucky enough to have this option) and try to find molasses in a glass jar with a metal lid, and without a tamper-proof seal. Try to find a way to reuse this packaging before you recycle it. Just remember the ratio of 1 – 2 tablespoons of molasses for each 1 cup of white sugar. If it is dark brown sugar you need, just add a bit more molasses. Now you have the ability to make it to your liking. Store in an airtight container and enjoy as needed.