Zulka Morena Pure Cane non-GMO Sugar

We have been striving in our household to avoid GMOs when we can. One of the problems has been sugar. I have found some non-GMO alternatives. However the cost has been so high that I really couldn’t call them affordable. I have been hoping to find a sugar that is closer in price to the traditional white granulated sugar I have been buying for years, which is all likelihood contains GM0s since about 95% of the sugar beets now grown in the United States are genetically modified. I did not expect to find what I was looking for at Walmart, who typically does not have what I am looking for.

Affordable Non-GMO Sugar

A couple weeks ago I was in our local Walmart to pick up something (can’t remember what anymore) and was just pursuing the sugar section to see if they had any non-GMO options. I wasn’t expecting to find anything. However I spotted a shelf containing 2 lb bags of Zulka Morena Pure Cane Sugar. Check the packaging, confirmed non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project. The price for the 2 lb bag was $1.29! They also offered 4 lb bags for $2.59 but those were all gone at the time.

What is Morena Pure Cane Sugar

The term “Morena” refers to the light golden color of the sugar. It’s a term used in Mexico where the sugar is cultivated. Morena Pure Cane Sugar differs from granluated white sugar in several ways.

1. It is not processed to remove color like white sugar. The sugar is naturally golden brown – not white. Morena is never refined.
2. Morena is processed minimally. You lose less of the flavor and nutrients of the sugar cane. This sugar actually tastes like something more than just sweet. Just a little hint of a caramel like flavor on the tongue.
3. Morena sugar has larger crystals than white sugar. If that is a problem for you, you could always break it up in your food processor.

How is Morena Pure Cane Sugar Made?

The easy way to describe it is the sugar cane is pressed into juice. Then the liquid from the juice is evaported in a vaccum until you have dried sugar crystals. No refining takes place after that.

Can I Use Morena Pure Cane Sugar in Replace of White Sugar?

Not only can you, but you really should try to. The taste is better, it is less refined, your getting more of the natural nutrients of the sugar cane plant, and you can use it in any white sugar recipe, cup for cup. You don’t have to change any measurements.

Where to Buy Zulka Morena Pure Cane Sugar

I said early I purchased mine at Walmart. You can also purchase it online or at these other retailers (if you know a store not on this list leave a comment to let me know):

Walmart
Safeway
Kroger
Albertsons
Food 4 Less
SUPERVALU
Superior
Winn-Dixie
El Super
WinCo

If you visit their facebook page you can receive a coupon for 50 cents off a 4lb bag. Check that out for some savings.

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I think we often don’t think about the things we buy. When was the last time you had a second thought about sugar. It’s something we just go to the store and buy, whether it be regular white granulated or brown sugar. We typically scan the shelves for the cheapest option and go with that. But there is more out there than just the regular white and brown sugar. And some of the options may be better for you. Today, I want to take some time to talk about another type of sugar out there, they you might be missing out on – Muscovado sugar. I first discovered this sugar during my time working for Zingerman’s Bakehouse. They use it in some of their recipes.

What is Muscovado Sugar?
Muscovado sugar is a unrefined sugar. It is sometimes called Barbados sugar. It is a dark colored sugar that at first may look like traditional brown sugar, but once you get a taste, oh man your taste buds will come alive. It has a kind of caramelly fudgy like taste. You see when they make muscovado sugar, the molasses remains in the sugar crystals. This differs from traditional brown sugar, which is just white sugar with some molasses added back in. Muscovado is brown sugar in a more natural form. Since it’s not refined, there are some nutrients in the sugar, that you won’t find in brown sugar. Now this doesn’t mean you can get a ton of it, sugar is ok in moderation. But you can fell a little bit better about enjoying muscovado.

How to Use Muscovado Sugar
It can be used as a replacement for brown sugar, in 1 to 1 ratio. Use it the next time you make cookies. Ginger cookies and sugar cookies would be wonderful choices. I like to use it with a bowl of Cheerios. Sprinkle a little bit on top, and that’s what I call breakfast. The Muscovado adds character than brown sugar never could.

What to Do If Your Muscovado Sugar Gets Hard?
Just like brown sugar does, Muscovado can harden up on you (problem might be even worse). The easiest solution is to place a damp (not soaking wet) wash cloth over top the sugar overnight. This should soften it up for you.

Where is Muscovado Sugar Made?
This sugar is most often produced in places like Philippines and Barbados. The Muscovado sugar I purchased is from the island of Mauritius.

Where to Buy Muscovado Sugar
This sugar can be difficult to find. I don’t seem to be able to find it in most large chain supermarkets. But if you head to a more specialty market, you should be able to find it there. Of course you can always purchase it from a vendor online.

So I encourage you to give it Muscovado a try. It does come with a higher price tag, so you may not be able to completely switch to it, but it’s a nice substitute to use whenever you can (I am definitely not settling for brown sugar on my Cheerios again)

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