I love this post from One Good Thing by Jillee..
My grandparents’ generation was definitely a much more “self-reliant” bunch than my parents’ generation, and likewise, my parents’ generation was a great deal more “self-reliant” compared to MY generation. But as I look back over the years…I feel like we are coming back around to full circle.
More and more OUR generations are looking at the way our parents and grandparents did things and trying to emulate that. I believe people really want to get back to a time where common household essentials were more natural, less costly (in more ways than just financially) and were something to take pride in.
So along that train of thought…I got to thinking about some of the things most of us purchase at the grocery store that I’m almost certain our grandparents (and parents) made from scratch. I decided to compile a list of kitchen staples that over the years I have started making from scratch (that I used to buy at the store) and a few I haven’t tried before!
Well this is a little embarrassing to admit, but I did NOT know that brown sugar was simply granulated sugar and molasses. Maybe I did…in some dark recess of my mind. I’m not sure. Anyway, this recent revelation had me immediately searching through my pantry to find that bottle of molasses that was hiding somewhere!
How to Make Brown Sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon molasses (add more for a darker brown sugar)
Add sugar and molasses to a bowl and mix together. I used a whisk because it helped to incorporate all the molasses. It takes a few minutes until it’s completely mixed in…but that’s it. You just made your own brown sugar. Umm…it doesn’t get any easier than that people! For dark brown sugar, add another tablespoon of molasses. Store in an airtight container.
Once in a while I will run across a recipe that requires “self-rising flour”. (Many southern cooks won’t use anything else in their biscuits or shortcakes.) I never questioned this. I would just go to the store and buy a bag. Finally, one day I asked the question (to no one in particular), “What exactly IS self-rising flour anyway?” Here is the answer:
To make one cup of self-rising flour:
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
Once again, that’s it. Which begs the question…..why would you buy a box or bag of this when you already have everything on hand to make it?? It’s a mystery I tell ya!
Learn how to make more staples (bread crumbs, salad dressing, pancake syrup, oatmeal packets, yogurt, etc.) here