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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!

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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?

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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?

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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!

Happy Cooking!

-Chris

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!

24 Comments

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    Karren

    January 8, 2016

    I’m making ginger bread cookies tomorrow!! I love your blog!

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      Chris

      January 8, 2016

      Yum!!! And, thank you!

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    Kelly

    January 7, 2016

    I’ve always said Mo-lasses tasted like sucking on a rusty nail. Well you’ve got me getting the molasses jug off the shelf and trying to look at it in a more positive manner. I have used it many times when I needed brown sugar. It works fabulously. Ok, I’m off to the kitchen to take a spoon of my daily dose molasses elixir. Just kidding. (Another great post btw).
    Kelly

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      Chris

      January 8, 2016

      Thank you! Let me know how it goes…..down, lol!

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    Kelly

    January 7, 2016

    Well I couldn’t find one mention of Wax,,, read the whole thing too,,,, loved it!!!!! Only thing you failed to mention is how good molasses is for digestive issues,, but that might be better for another time! Lol

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      Chris

      January 8, 2016

      Yes it is! And yes I did forget. I think that’s why my grandmother take a teaspoonful every day. It’s great for digestion.

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    Anonymous

    January 7, 2016

    Plant fertilizer? Details, woman!!

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      Chris

      January 7, 2016

      Molasses as a plant fertilizer is AWESOME! It provides the dinner bell for healthy microbes in your soil. Plus all the minerals that I listed including sulfer if you don’t find or buy the unsulferated. You add 1 Tbs to 1 gallon of water and spray directly onto your plants or water using this mixture. This is for both garden and houseplants. For houseplants use a fine mist sprayer. I hope this answers your question! Thanks!

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    Charlene Koontz

    January 7, 2016

    WOW…I did not know that there were sooooooo many uses of Molasses…”OR” that there were “3” grades…Hummmmm am going to have to get some…hopefully I can find it in this podunk town in southeastern Ohio..But being on the borders of West Virginia and Kentucky……I “bet” that I can find “good” Molasses somewhere…If I was back in Oklahoma I am sure that Patti Fields would help me!!!!Again Thanks …<3.

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      Chris

      January 7, 2016

      Thank you for commenting!

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    Patti

    January 6, 2016

    I love everything about your blog. The beautiful pictures and wonderful information. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

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      Chris

      January 6, 2016

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy the blog!

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      Charlene Koontz

      January 7, 2016

      Me either, my friend……

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    Kelly

    January 6, 2016

    My husband looooves mo-lasses! He keeps threatening (inviting) me to go with him to a Molasses festival somewhere in Arkansas. I have tried to eat it but it tastes equivalent to sucking on a rusty nail. But reading your post about it’s glorious uses and benefits I will return to the Molasses jug and try again. I have used it in the past to create brown sugar and it is excellent!
    Ta Ta!
    Kelly

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    Lisa Reimer

    January 6, 2016

    I have that “bottle” in the back of my cabinet too. Didn’t know it was so useful. Best be getting it out today. Thanks for the tips.

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      Chris

      January 6, 2016

      That’s great! You won’t regret it!

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    Karen Nance

    January 6, 2016

    I have always loved the taste of molasses. I make some of the best molasses cookies, but I never knew all the other things you could do with molasses. Thanks for all the info/tips.

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      Chris

      January 6, 2016

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I LOVE molasses cookies too!

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    Jo Ann (JoJo)

    January 6, 2016

    Interesting read, I going to have to try thsee suggestions. 😉

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      Chris

      January 6, 2016

      Let me know how they turn out for you!

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    Sarah

    January 6, 2016

    Awesome tip, thanks Chris! I need to pick some up and start working!

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      Chris

      January 8, 2016

      Thank you! I’m glad you’re going to give it a go!

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    Amanda

    January 5, 2016

    I never knew that much about molasses! Good info to have.

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      Chris

      January 6, 2016

      Thank you!

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