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Old 05-24-2013, 07:48 AM   #11
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has anyone tasted either product raw?

i have, and while both are sweet, sugar beets are kinda gross but i love to gnaw on pieces of sugar cane.

it's like eating a branch, but it tastes just like sugar.

i had originally bought some canes for my parrots to chew, but after i tasted them, we share.

my local korean market carries foot long sections of sugar cane.
You can buy it by the bunch, in any supermarket in Hawaii. Four or five sticks about a foot long each bundled together.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:25 AM   #12
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to me beet sugar is sweeter, no difference in flavor.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:52 AM   #13
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cane only here - I can give you a list of disasters using beet. Especially in candy making and anything you need to set up. Well worth the extra money as you will end up spending more on the beet sugar when you having to throw away what you made
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C&H stands for California and Hawaii. Two states that have a very large Mormon population. C&H is owned by the Mormon church. They have very large sugar beet farms in the Northwest. I had a nephew by marriage that managed one of the farms in Idaho.
C&H has never been owned by the Mormon church. It's currently owned by the Fanjul brothers (as is Domino sugar). You may be thinking of U&I (as in Utah and Idaho), which went out of business in the 70s.

The cheaper store brands are almost always beet sugar. As far as I know, C&H is, and always has been, cane sugar. But I'm not 100% certain anymore.

As far as a difference in flavor, I do notice one. I also find that beet sugar doesn't dissolve as readily as cane sugar.
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I haven't purchased or used refined sugar, either cane or beet, in quite a number of years. For cooking and baking I am strictly a Florida Crystals kind of guy, be it granulated or demerarra.

For beverages I use organic blue agave nectar, which I get free-fer-nuthin from the company where I currently consult. But even though they'll give me all I want, I still think it's too expensive to cook and bake with. Unless, of course, I am developing a recipe for them! Then I feel I am required to use as many of their products as is feasible.
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