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Unread 02-04-2010, 11:53 PM   #1
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Default Turbinado vs. Sugar in the raw?

Can sugar in the raw be used in place of Turbinado sugar for rubs?
What is the difference between the two sugars?
They look identical to me on the packaging.........
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Not to be confused with Brown sugar or Demerara (sugar).

Turbinado Sugar


Turbinado sugar, also known as turbinated sugar, is made from sugar cane extract. It is produced by crushing freshly cut sugar cane; the juice obtained is evaporated by heat, then crystallized. The crystals are spun in a centrifuge, or turbine (thus the name), to remove excess moisture and molasses, resulting in the characteristic large, light brown crystals.[1][2][3]
Turbinado sugar is similar in appearance to brown sugar but paler, with larger crystals, and in general the two can be exchanged freely in recipes. Turbinado sugar differs from refined white sugar in that it is obtained or crystallized from the initial pressing of sugar cane. Turbinado and demerara sugars are not the same. Edouard Rollet, cofounder of Alter Eco, a food imports company that sells sugars, describes Demerara as having a mild molasses flavor. Turbinado, he says, contains hints of honey[4]. United Kingdom recipes tend to call for demerara, while in the United States, they are apt to use the term turbinado.

In the U.S., most turbinado sugar is produced in Hawaii and is often sold as an organic product. The popular Hawaiian product sold in the U.S. is produced on Maui and marketed under the name brand "Sugar in the Raw."[5]
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They are both sugar with the complex flavor of molasses. Not to be confused with the flavor profile of brown sugar, its simply a different product. A quick search on how its made will reveal a lot about the quality.
. Turbinado dissolves easier, which I consider to be better as when the meat sweats or gets sprayed the dissolved solution maybe soaks in better or makes a better bark. Just my interpretation.
Also turbinado has a more uniform or smooth crystalline structure. Like little balls. As cheap as sugar is I encourage you to buy white, light brown, dark brown, turbinado, raw sugar, and molasses.
Taste them, use them. You learn a lot by tasting each ingredient in your cooking and learn to distinguish good product and improve your flavor.
Also the molasses in your brown sugar is low quality. Putting a tablespoon of GREAT molasses in a cup of white CANE sugar (if it doesn't say cane its made from beets) and spin it in your spice grinder or food processor.

The brown sugar you make is the best tasting, cheapest, and most adaptable/flexible sugar you can get. Experiment and figure out how much molasses to mix and get your best flavor profile for what your cooking. My .02
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As far as I know, Turbinado is the same thing as sugar in the raw.
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Turbinado and sugar in the raw, taste different, melt different, have different crystals, and feel different in your mouth. Very noticeable.
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They are the same.
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That is what i thought Turbinado is the same as sugar in the raw. acept price sugar in the ray is way cheaper than any price I have found on sugar in the raw
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I use sweet & low in my rubs... less calories.
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Sugar-In-The-Raw is a brand name for turbinado sugar...they are the same thing. http://sugarintheraw.com/oursugar/index.html
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Turbinado and sugar in the raw, taste different, melt different, have different crystals, and feel different in your mouth. Very noticeable.
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They are the same.

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LOL! Next up for discussion is the "Which Thermapen is faster, Blue or Red"?
Neither one...GREEN...is the ultimate Thermapen...duh!
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got to go with the Red pen, and the North West guys know what is what......
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Neither one...GREEN...is the ultimate Thermapen...duh!
Once you go BLACK (thermapen) you never go back!!
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As far as I know, Turbinado is the same thing as sugar in the raw.
That is what I've always thought as well.
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Same dang thing in area of the country. Bought both. Ain't no difference.
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