Molasses Should Be In Your Food Storage Plans
Molasses is not the typical food storage item, but I think after you read this post you will agree with me that Molasses should be in your food storage plans. When I talk about Molasses I am talking about the good stuff, all natural, organic, un-sulphured, light, dark & blackstrap Molasses.
Molasses, What Is It?
Molasses is a by-product of refining sugar, and can be made from both sugar cane or sugar beets. Usually, Molasses for human consumption is made from sugar cane, where Molasses made from beets is used for animals.
When extracting sugar from sugar cane, the sugar cane juice is boiled down and made into a syrup. The syrup is then refined through three stages of refinement or boilings, each boiling leaves a different molasses byproduct, from the lightest to the darkest.
I thought this was interesting, “The process of making sugar by boiling sugar cane juice was developed in India” thousands of years ago. It was a surprise to learn where the process came from, I sometimes forget that good things come from all over the world… Not just one country or place…
Three Kinds Of Molasses
- Light Molasses, is the result of the first boiling of the sugar cane juice, and is the sweetest, the sugar has not been removed.
- Dark Molasses, is from the second boiling, and has had some of the sugar removed, but still taste sweet just not as sweet as Light Molasses.
- Blackstrap Molasses is what is left after the third boiling and final boiling of the sugar syrup, it is said to be bitter because the sugar has been removed.
How To Use Molasses
- It can be used to cook with
- It can be taken to improve health
- It can be used as on skin, as face mask to soften & moisturize
Cooking With Molasses
When recipes call for Molasses it will usually specify either light or dark molasses… Both light and dark molasses are good to use when cooking, the difference is in the amount of sugar left over from the refining process. When choosing which you will buy or use, keep in mind that light molasses will be sweeter than dark molasses, and you will not need as much to get the same sweetness as dark molasses.
Blackstrap Molasses is known to be bitter probably because the sugar has been removed, normally it is not used for cooking… With that said, I do not have a problem with the taste of Blackstrap Molasses and use it in cooking when a recipe calls for molasses.
I like to make an easy Bar-b-que sauce with Blackstrap Molasses; It is basically just, Ketchup, Mustard, Brown Sugar, Apple Cider Vinegar, Granulated Garlic, Salt, Pepper & Blackstrap Molasses and sometimes I add grated horseradish…
Here is a link with some recipes using Molasses…
Blackstrap Molasses is usually used as a nutritional supplement, being a by-product of the last boil it is high in the vitamins and minerals extracted from the sugar cane, and with the sugar removed, Blackstrap molasses is low in sugar and high in nutrients, making it a good replacement for other sweeteners.
It could be a good sweetener for diabetics if they do not go overboard, it has a glycemic index of 55, which is not bad for a sweetener.
Nutrients In Blackstrap Molasses
- Iron – It contains enough iron to help some who are anemic to increase iron levels
- Magnesium – It is high enough in magnesium to prevent some muscle cramps
- Calcium – The calcium and magnesium ratio is in perfect balance which is necessary to absorb calcium
- B Vitamins – B-6, folates
- Manganese – Important in healthy bone structure
- Potassium – Is needed to regulate our bodies water balance, electrolytes, nervous system, heart, kidneys blood pressure, and more
- Selenium – An important antioxidant
Known Cures With Blackstrap Molasses
This is a list of cures that were sent into Earth Clinic the site for the world’s largest collection of natural cures.
- Cancerous tumors
- Fibroid tumors
- Heart palpitations
- Arthritic pain
- Joint pain
How To Take Blackstrap Molasses
I have read that taking 1 tbsp a day in a glass of water is enough to provide plenty the benefits mentioned, but I don’t know for sure how much we would need to cure Cancer or some of the other things listed above…
For the past month or two, I had been waking up with painful leg cramps, one of our readers suggested that I start taking Blackstrap Molasses every day in a glass of milk so that is what I have been doing. I started with about 1 tbsp a day, and because I was adding a sweetened protein powder felt that it was a little too sweet, and decreased it to 1 tsp a day, so far the leg cramps have lessened.
Why Store Molasses
Blackstrap Molasses is a concentrated version of what sugar should be without the sugar… It is naturally high in nutrients and great for many ailments.
When we take vitamins that have been extracted or created singly, we miss many naturally occurring elements that are in the whole food missing out on the benefits that would normally get with a whole food. I am not saying Molasses is a whole food, but maybe the best part of the food…the vitamins and Minerals.
I think storing Molasses could help when times are hard, and we are not able to get the needed nutrients from our food… It would also be good to have it available to make a variety of foods, from baked goods, to sauces, adding a level of variety that could make it easier to survive eating the same things over and over.
How To Store Molasses
Just like any food storage, you need to keep Molasses in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry place. While molasses would be best if use before best quality date, it will still be usable if held in proper storage conditions after that date…
- Unopened Container – 2 years
- Opened Container – 6 months – Longer with refrigeration
Let Me Know What You Think
I hope this post has given you enough information to consider storing Molasses… What do you think would you store Molasses?
Is there something that I should have included or you think would make this post more informational let me know in the comments below…
- Kitchen Chart
- How Long You Can Keep It
- Types Of Molasses
- The Many Benefits of Blackstrap Molasses
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- The health benefits of blackstrap molasses