Castor Sugar?

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  1. matkirk

    matkirk Guru Registered Member

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    Hi All,

    Anyone know where I can buy Castor Sugar here? If not apparantley if you grind regular sugar in the blender is comes out the same?

    And also dried yeast - levadura seca - do they sell it in walmart etc???

    Thanks in advance.... :)
     
  2. RiverGirl

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    What is Castor Sugar? Is that a Brit name for Confectioner's Sugar (the powdery one)? If so I have not seen it here...but I could have missed it...
     
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    And I'm also wondering about corn starch :roll:

    Can't find it here, but I might be looking in the wrong places
     
  4. Cancun Fun

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    If castor sugar is confectioners sugar or powdered sugar then, yes they have it at Wal-Mart and Soriana it's call azucar glass.

    They also have cornstarch it is called f├ęcula de maiz...sorry don't remember where I bought it....just write it down and show it to a worker and they will usually rummage around find what you need.

    I have seen yeast at one or more of the stores by where the baking stuff like baking powder is located.
     
  5. RiverGirl

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    A common brand of cornstarch is Maizena, yellow box in the flour aisle. They have it all over, it's easy to find.
     
  6. matkirk

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    I found this

    Sugar translation from English to Gringlish

    Granulated sugar = granulated sugar, white sugar
    Castor sugar = superfine granulated sugar
    Caster sugar = superfine granulated sugar
    Icing sugar = confectioners' sugar, powdered sugar, 10X sugar, 4X sugar
    Sugar crystals, crystal sugar = decorating sugar, coarse sugar
    Rainbow sugar crystals = colored sugar

    Man - I must be bored today!! :?
     
  7. Sapphire

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    Castor sugar

    castor sugar is much finer and lighter than reg sugar. I have never seen it here in cancun. I have looked several times when I thought I would try and make a cake from scratch.
     
  8. mixz1

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    Castor sugar is sold as glass sugar. Walmart and Soriana stock it.
    Yeast is levadura. Soriana stocks 3 kinds. If you're baking bread, avoid the red and yellow cardboard box with tinfoil envelopes inside. The rise times are silly.

    The other 2 packages are small pouches, from the same maker, one red & white, the other blue & white. I've had my best success with the blue & white pouch. One warning is that after you open the pouch, you must re-seal it tightly and refrigerate it or you'll be making matzoh the next time. Don't ask me how I know.

    Speaking of know, it's been about 3 months since I baked any bread (too hot and bread doesn't like A/C) and I have forgotten the manufacturers' names and can only reference the color of the packages. Sorry.

    Fleischmans has a Mexican distribution, but I've never seen it here in Cancun. As I recall the yeast I'm talking about is produced by a division of one of the breweries. That sort of figures, no?
     
  9. RiverGirl

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    I've noticed that you can now get Fructose here, it didn't used to be available but I've seen it at Soriana. It's great for sweetening fruit desserts, I think it's better than reg sugar for that.
     
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    Thanks all, for the cornstarch info

    But while we're on the subject of baking (which I know next to nothing about) does anyone here make pies with merangue? If so, what do you do to prevent a bunch of sweet liquid from forming between the filling and the merangue?

    I used to make a mean Key Lime pie when I lived in the Keys....except for that stupid sugar syrup that inundated the bottom of the pie pan, after a few slices were removed. I was thinking it was a "humidity" thing, and since the Keys and Cancun share roughly the same climate...well maybe someone here has some experience with that.
     
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