Yes, I am going to wax poetic about Molasses. That dark gooey sticky elixir of life. Any Southerner worth the name has a bottle in their kitchen, even if its shoved to the back, stuck to the shelf and only pulled out at Christmas. Hey, even Southerners make mistakes!
To that I say…..Sacrilege! Molasses is the original black gold, forget for a minute about Gingerbread or Baked Beans, what about BBQ Sauce??? Even if you don’t make your own BBQ sauce there’s not a brand out there that wouldn’t be highly improved by adding a teaspoonful of molasses to the bottle.
For those of you unaware of Southern Food culture, let me enlighten you. Molasses is the by product of producing sugar cane and there are 3 grades of molasses; light – first boiling, dark 2nd boiling and AWESOMENESS AKA Blackstrap which is the 3rd boiling. Blackstrap has the most vitamins and minerals and to me has the best flavor. Molasses was used as a sugar substitute until after WWII when white sugar became cheaper and available to the masses once again. My grandmother used to swear by a teaspoon of molasses a day to keep her healthy. It’s loaded with vitamins, rich in iron, has an abundance of magnesium, folate, calcium and potassium and it tastes better than licking a vitamin! Still not convinced?
Okay what if I told you that to make your own brown sugar consists of molasses and white sugar? NO??? Then what about the fact that adding molasses to the following dishes will make your family bow down before you? Granola bars, chili, breads, glazed pork, peanut butter cookies, glazed sweet potatoes, your own Caribbean Jerk?
Then there’s using it to fertilize your houseplants, or making compost tea or the best face mask/scrub you’ve ever used! For all my southern friends, they stopped reading after the BBQ Sauce thing, that was good enough for them, for the rest of you….I’m begging you to give Molasses another try, you won’t be sorry! Plus, you will stop me from waxing poetic about SORGHUM!
Oh, PS! If you are going to use Molasses as a face mask I highly recommend that you buy Organic Unsulfered Blackstrap Molasses, as a matter of fact…..use it for everything anyway!