My local Costco just started carrying "Wholesome" Organic Blue Agave. Their label claims it is a natural sweetener extracted from the heart of the agave plant. Agave is a low glycemic index sweetener" ".....It is 25% sweeter than sugar." "....The sweet mild taste is perfect for sweetening beverages, baking and as a multipurpose sweetener. Use wherever you would use table sugar." One important caveat: This stuff is expensive. Two bottles of 23.5 oz (666 g) each cost $7.90, approximately, at Costco. In the local major chain supermarket, they wanted that much for a single bottle.
Observations: I've been using it now for the last two weeks. Tastes fine in my morning coffee and evening tea. Since it's a liquid, it should work fine in any liquid format. That being said, unless I want a paste, it won't work in a rub. I'll be working with some marinades, mops and finishing sauces during the next few months so I'll be substituting the Blue Agave to see what the results are. To be fair, I'll have to make the recipe as original as possible, then make it with the Blue Agave where possible. If the recipe calls for Brown Sugar, then it'll have to be Splenda Brown Sugar.
Note to Stircrazy: You do know that Splenda also puts out a Brown Sugar, don't you?
To a great extent, I know that I'll have to make some exceptions in the final presentation of the prepared food. It's great to have that "crust" that only sugar can give, but, as I rapidly approach retirement (FINALLY
) this year, my Doctor is becoming more insistent on cutting down on the sugars in my life (and all those other things that taste "oh so good".)
Once I come up with a version acceptable in taste and result, I'll be submitting it to my critics
(other members of my nuclear family, wife, brother-in-law, sisters, cousins) in our, it seems, every other weekend gatherings. Once they pass on it, I'll post it here for those who desire the information.
Sorry for the long write-up