Sugar is a food product that is used to prepare various dishes. If necessary, it can be replaced with honey, fructose or powdered sugar.
Caster sugar is the product of the processing of crystals of granulated sugar to the state of dust. At the same time, the ground sugar is enriched with oxygen. As a result, the powder turns out to be very delicate, it literally melts in the mouth.
Sugar powder is most often used in baking various confectionery products as decoration and in making glazes and creams.
The composition and properties of powdered sugar
The composition of the powder of finely powdered sugar in a small amount contains minerals such as: iron, sodium, calcium and potassium.
Useful properties of the product are determined by its chemical structure, the presence of macro- and microelements, as well as a complex of vitamins - all these substances are necessary for the normal functioning of the human body.
The nutritional value of powdered sugar is 339 kcal per 100 grams of product.
Icing sugar is considered a very high-calorie product, so diabetics should be wary of its use.
Powdered Sugar Production
Commercially turn sugar into powder with the help of special machines. The equipment has a large size and it is called - shock-reflective mill.
Depending on the size of the obtained grains, there are three types of grinding sugar: large, small and medium.
Coarse grinding is no longer granulated sugar, but also not powder. This product is used to pack disposable coffee sticks.
Medium grinding - powder of this fraction is used in the manufacture of such a well-known delicacy, as marmalade and as a sprinkling of various types of confectionery.
Fine grinding - such powder can be found on the shelves of our stores. It is sold in paper, hermetically sealed bags. When buying a sweet sugar substitute, you need to pay attention to the date of manufacture and shelf life of finished products. It is also worth well to probe the packaging for the presence of lumps (they should not be there).
You can turn sugar into powder at home. To do this, it is enough to have a grinder, blender or mortar on hand, as well as the original product and a little starch. The last ingredient is necessary so that the powder does not stick together and does not form lumps. The process of grinding sugar is very easily regulated.
The finished product should be stored in an airtight glass container in a dark and dry place. If the icing sugar absorbs moisture, it will lose its taste.
Use in cooking
In the confectionery business, powdered sugar is quite a popular ingredient, but it is not used as often as sugar. Ground powder is used to decorate buns, cupcakes and croissants. Some types of cocktails are made with icing sugar, whipping cream and eggs with it.
Instead of powdered sugar in some recipes, you can use sugar or sweeteners - stevia, sodium cyclamate, aspartame, sucralose. Powder can be added instead of sand in jam and jam, but in this case it is important to know the proportions of sweet ingredients.
Quite often, powdered powdered candied fruit and dried fruit. Also, do not do without this product in the manufacture of pastes. Even the recipes of some hot sauces include this sweet ingredient.
Sugar powder is quite possible to use in the period of remission of chronic pancreatitis and other pathologies of the digestive tract. Caution should be observed diabetics, as the powder has a high glycemic index.
How to make powdered sugar at home is described in the video in this article.