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Subject: Q on making powdered sugar
Date Posted: 6/14/2009 4:09 PM ET
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I need to make my own substitute powdered sugar, but I am not sure what to use to grind the sugar with.  I have tried to look it up and the info says three different things; food processors, blenders, and coffee grinders.  Does anyone know which of these would be best to grind something so small into a fine powder?  I decorate cakes and I want to make them available also in the "sugar free" option. Thanks. Amanda

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 6:23 PM ET
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Food processors don't work so good. At least, not the ones that I've tried. They just don't grind it up small enough. I don't have a coffee grinder, so I've never tried that one. I've had good luck with a blender. Just remember to add a tablespoon of corn starch for each cup of sugar. It may not be necessary for all things, but I use powdered sugar mainly for icing and the corn starch helps it to thicken up.

Oh, keep in mind that powdering sugar in a blender will probably scratch the inside of the blender pitcher. It doesn't effect how well the blender works, but it does make it look worn.

Date Posted: 6/15/2009 4:16 PM ET
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thanks!  I don't care if it looks worn, as long as it works! ;)

Date Posted: 6/16/2009 11:17 AM ET
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wow, I didn't know you could make it! AWESOME!  Thanks for sharing

Last Edited on: 6/16/09 11:17 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/19/2009 2:34 PM ET
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We just use a mortar and pestle. We've got a big one, so it doesn't take much time to make a lot.