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3/13/12 12:32 A

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I bought the bag with the zip-loc seal (I couldn't afford the larger plastic bottle) and the first time I used it, I must have gotten some sugar on the seal and couldn't close it. I tried running my fingernail along both sides of the seal, but it didn't do any good. So, I just folded it over a few times and used a clamp to close it.

BTW, the Domino Sugar + Stevia is just under $7 (I think it was a 2lb bag, which would be the equivalent of 5lbs). Is that the regular price?

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3/12/12 10:53 A

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Please share about the plastic container so we know - what's wrong with it?

I hear you about can't afford fancy right now. I was very happy when the grocery store had Dixie Crystals and Domino on sale, that's why I bought them. And brown sugar at Big Lots on the 20% off sale. And as much as I dislike Walmart, I bought Great Value cane sugar; it was before the grocery stores had theirs on sale.

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3/11/12 11:38 P

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I bought Florida Crystals.
At first I thought the plastic resealable package was neat until I tried to re-close it.
I can't afford to buy anything fancy right now.

Edited by: KURTORTOISE at: 3/11/2012 (23:38)
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3/11/12 10:00 P

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In previous years I always bought a ton of non-perishable pantry and baking supplies every Thanksgiving and Christmas when the baking stuff went on sale. Enough to last more than a year.

Then I started on SparkPeople 3 years ago, and reduced my sugar usage to almost nil, and started using sugar substitutes. This change was concurrent with learning about organic and GMOs.

I recently began buying new sugar - my very old stockpile ran out, my xylitol ran out, and I can't buy online sugar subs right now. So I always read the sugar package. If it's pure sugar, or 100% pure, I don't buy it.

Walmart carries two kinds of Great Value sugar; pure sugar, and pure cane sugar. So it's possible Domino does the same (pure sugar, as well as pure cane sugar), plus a third kind, organic, since I'm sure Domino offers organic.

The last I bought was Dixie Crystals 100% pure cane sugar. The wrapper is thrown away because I poured it into Tupperware. Great Value's sugar wrapper says "pure cane", and the ingredients say "cane sugar" (but remember that's because I was intentional about buying the non-GMO sugar, and beet sugar is also available). At Big Lots, I still have those boxes of dark brown sugar, and they say: Domino Dark Brown Sugar, premium PURE CANE sugar ('pure cane' is in red font, all caps).

Both Domino and Dixie have sugar/stevia mix, by the way.

Also don't forget about Florida Crystals:
www.floridacrystals.com/Default.aspx

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3/11/12 8:59 P

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Check your packages of Domino sugar.
One Domino bag just has "sugar" and the other two have "Premium Cane Sugar" on the front.
I don't know at which stores I bought them, or at what times, but I wouldn't have noticed the difference until you mentioned it. The bag designs are otherwise identical.

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3/11/12 5:07 P

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Sugar beets are, by far, North America's main source of sugar. Sugar cane needs a tropical climate and is only grown in Florida - plus a tiny bit in Louisianna. Sugar beets are a big crop in cold climates like North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, etc.

In the 2008 - 2009 planting year, guess who spoiled sugar beets, and contaminated conventional sugar for forever - yep, Monsanto introduced GMO seeds for sugar beets, "so that the farmers can now use Roundup". As if that's a good thing.

So when you buy any brand of sugar, read the label carefully.
100% sugar is GMO.
100% pure sugar is GMO.
100% pure cane sugar, is from Florida and Louisianna cane crops only, and is not GMO. Since it's from Florida, it's a little more expensive (but not much).

Here I can get Dixie brand and Domino brand that are both 100% pure cane sugar; not sugar beets.

When the bag doesn't say if it's cane, that means it's all or partly GMO sugar beet sugar.

Florida 100% cane sugar still contains alot of pesticides. Domino does make organic sugar readily available on the shelf. Organic does not have GMOs and also does not have pesticides added.

In my case of wanting the dark brown, not light brown, and not white, and in my case of not having an organic source available that is retail not online, I didn't see and don't know if there is any dark brown organic available, brick & mortar. I know for sure there wasn't any organic dark brown available at Big Lots; but I'm still happy with my bargain there, until I am employed and can return to organic buying.

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3/11/12 3:35 A

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GMO Beet Sugar????
Does that mean the store brands don't have 100% Cane Sugar?

I always hit the sales whenever the 5lb bags go down to $2.99 and I buy two (this ALWAYS happens on my way to work, almost always on a very humid/rainy day -- what a chore walking long distances with 10lbs). The past two sales were Domino, but they're usually the store brand.

The Domino bags that I have here just say "sugar" not "cane sugar."

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3/10/12 3:10 P

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I loved all the suggestions. And I DO like demerara.

I can't wait til I have a job and can buy groceries properly. Especially organic. I hate ingesting all these toxins, at least, the avoidable ones.

Meanwhile, the Lord provided a temporary solution. Domino brand sugar is 100% pure cane sugar, which means it is GMO free - since it's 100% cane there are no Monsanto GMO beet sugar included. Big Lots had a 20% off sale last Sunday, and they had 1lb boxes of Domino dark brown sugar for a dollar; so I got a couple boxes for $ .80 ea. It's still not as healthy as raw, palm, organic, etc., but it was a good buy for GMO-free.

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1/24/12 2:25 A

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I took a look at the Florida Crystals packages when I went to the store tonight, and the Demerara sugar package said it is Washed Raw Sugar. To me, it definitely tastes like brown sugar, but a little lighter with no bitter aftertaste.

Edited by: KURTORTOISE at: 1/24/2012 (02:25)
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1/23/12 10:12 P

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Ah, thanks. I wondered if I was remembering that correctly or not.

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1/23/12 10:01 P

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The demerara is light brown in color, but tastes like brown sugar.

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1/23/12 7:45 P

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Thanks for all the replies.

Light brown sugar is readily available in healthier alternatives on grocery store shelves. I am having trouble with the dark brown.

I thought demera was light brown; I will have to check again on that. I know sucanat and palm sugar (typically - there are seasonal crop variations) are light brown.

I hadn't thought of making my own emoticon but I do have the molasses. Hmmm . . .

I would make a special trip to Whole Foods if I could, but the nearest is 45 miles away. I can't afford the gasoline for a 90-mile round trip. It would be foolish to drive a hundred miles just to get dark brown sugar. I would pick up other things while there, but after paying gasoline for a hundred miles I wouldn't be able to afford any other things . . .

I do love North Carolina, BUT, there are many times like now that I do miss Maryland.

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1/23/12 12:18 P

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Many of the supermarkets here have a US grown and harvested product called Florida Crystals. They come in light and dark sugar and are packaged in resealable plastic packages. The brown sugar is called Demerara. I don't know if it's healthier, but it is more expensive.

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1/22/12 10:35 P

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emoticon Hi
I have never tried anything in these articles; as far as, specifically for a Brown Sugar Substitute.
Maybe it will help though?

--- Homemade Brown Sugar - with 50 reviews ... ... ...
www.food.com/recipe/homemade-brown-s
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ar-65271



--- Using Sugar, Brown Sugar, Honey, & Maple Syrup Interchangeably
www.ochef.com/91.htm
At the bottom ... ... ...
... 'general substitution rules for sweeteners, but remember, most people consider these emergency substitutions, not daily rules to live by:'


--- Alternatives to Brown Sugar
www.ehow.com/list_6318953_alternativ
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1/22/12 10:17 P

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If you can find palm sugar that is a good alternative to brown sugar but not sure if it is in the stores where you are. I got mine off the internet and so I have not looked for it in the stores.

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1/22/12 10:14 P

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~ Must be available on regular store shelf
~ So far have only found Domino dark brown - while that IS 100% cane (as opposed to GMO corn or beet sugar) I would like a healthier alternative.

Nope, can't order off internet at this time.
Nope, no health stores in my area.

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