What is 'Packed' Brown Sugar?

When a recipe calls for 'packed brown sugar' what is this? We have ordinary brown sugar and treacle sugar here in South Africa. I'm not sure what the 'packed' is.

Carolyn from South Africa

February 29, 20080 found this helpful

"Smoosh" the brown sugar down in the measuring cup with the bottom of a large spoon.

It means packed vs. loose. For it to be the correct amount you don't want to be able to shake the sugar in the measuring cup.

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February 29, 20080 found this helpful

Is your brown sugar the dry (natural) kind or the moist kind? When they are referring to packed brown sugar, they mean the moist kind that is pressed tightly into a measuring cup so that there are no air pockets when measuring.

If you are using dry brown (or white) sugar, to make the equivilent of 1 cup of the moist, brown sugar take 1 cup of dry sugar and add 4T. of molasses to it (or the recipe) to get the right flavor and the extra moisture that the recipe needs.

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March 3, 20080 found this helpful

Packed brown sugar is regular brown sugar that you must push all the way down and keep adding and pushing till you get the measurement needed. HTH

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March 3, 20080 found this helpful

It just means you need to measure accurately without gaps and air pockets.

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April 10, 20080 found this helpful

What ever unit of measure you are using,(cup, spoon, etc.) it should be "packed" in firmly. It should keep the shape of the utensil when you tap it out to use.

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