FAQs

FAQs

Is brown sugar healthier?

It contains more of the components of the original sugar cane, which are responsible for its characteristic cane flavour. However, the differences between brown and white sugar are nutritionally insignificant in a well balanced diet.

Why is there starch in Icing Sugar?

A small amount of cornstarch is added to Icing Sugar to prevent it from clumping.

Do any of your products contain gluten?

All Redpath sugar products are gluten free.

What is castor sugar?

In certain parts of the world, castor sugar is commonly used. It is a very fine granulated sugar. It is similar to our Instant Dissolving Sugar.

Is Redpath Sugar suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans?

We do not use animal products or by-products in our refining process for sugar, so Redpath Sugar products are suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.

How should I store brown sugar?

Brown sugar should be stored in a cool, moist area in a covered container. If that’s not possible, store the entire container in a second canister with a tight-fitting lid. You can also empty the sugar into a rustproof container (or a heavy, moisture-proof plastic bag) and keep it tightly closed. Even though the shelf life of brown sugar is indefinite, it’s best to use it within six months of purchase for maximum flavor. Don’t store brown sugar in the refrigerator. However, if you are in a very dry area or are going to keep it for a long time, you may want to freeze it. To use frozen sugar, thaw it for two or three hours. If ice crystals form after long freezer storage, gently stir the sugar as soon as it thaws to prevent pockets of moisture from causing damage.

Why does brown sugar harden and how can it be softened?

Brown sugar naturally becomes harder when moisture in the sugar evaporates. Therefore, the various methods used for softening brown sugar are intended to return moisture to the sugar. We recommend you try the following methods for softening brown sugar that has hardened:

Quick softening method: If you need to use hard brown sugar immediately, remove it from the package into an oven-safe container and heat it at 120°C (250°F). Watch it carefully. As soon as it’s soft, measure the amount you need right away because it will again harden as it cools. Please use caution. Oven heated sugar is very hot!

Microwave softening method: Place desired amount of brown sugar in microwave-safe bowl. Cover sugar with two pieces of wet (but not dripping) white paper towels. Tightly cover bowl with plastic wrap. Heat in microwave at HIGH for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes. Divide sugar with fork (sugar will be hot); stir. Again, microwave-softened sugar hardens as it cools, so microwave only the amount of sugar you need. Use immediately and use caution as it will be hot. Microwave ovens vary in power; cooking time may need adjustment.

Time-permitting softening method: Place hardened brown sugar in a tight sealing container. Place a small piece of plastic wrap or foil on top of sugar, then cover with two pieces of dampened – not dripping – wet paper towels. Or you can add a slice of bread to the bowl of sugar. Place lid on container and seal tightly. Remove the paper towel or bread after the sugar absorbs the moisture and softens (about two days) and tightly reseal the container. Divide sugar with fork; stir. Sugar should remain soft.

Is Redpath Sugar made from cane or beet sugar?

All of our products are made from pure cane sugar.

What is Redpath Sugar doing to minimize impact on the environment?

At Redpath Sugar we are constantly striving to reduce our environmental footprint.
We are very proud that Redpath Sugar Ltd. has been awarded the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Leadership Award for 2009. This award is from Natural Resources Canada and recognizes Canadian industries who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving energy efficiency.

We use ocean going ships to transport raw sugar to our plant, the greenest way possible. This is made possible by the St.Lawrence Seaway that permits ocean-going vessels to travel from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to Toronto.

For more information about sugar and nutrition, please visit the Canadian Sugar Institute's website at sugar.ca