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Making a Thai curry dish and my palm sugar is hard as a rock.

Microwaving doesn't help. Do I toss it? Substitute brown sugar or something else?

asked by jacksonholefoodie about 2 years ago
9 answers 3273 views
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added about 2 years ago

You recipe probably has some liquid component - maybe melt the amount of sugar you need in that liquid.

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added about 2 years ago

yes, that's what i would say, after maybe trying a hammer and a plastic bag. Also google 'softening hard sugar'; couple of good ideas that i used a few yrs ago but just can't remember now,sorry.

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added about 2 years ago

forgot to say, palm sugar not essential. white or light brown will do.never a need to 'toss' sugar. google is your frend.

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MrsWheelbarrow

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added about 2 years ago

I've used a microplane and grated palm sugar

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added about 2 years ago

I thank you, and my antelope curry thanks you!!

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added about 2 years ago

I haven't worked with palm sugar but when my jaggery hardens like that, I heat it in the microwave for short intervals of 15-20 seconds until it softens enough for me to break off a piece.

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added about 2 years ago

Whoops! I clicked over from the sidebar and therefore did not read that "microwaving does not help." Sorry!

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added about 2 years ago

microwave for for 10 to 15 seconds

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added about 2 years ago

We always use a grater (like a standard cheese grater) to shave off manageable pieces of the sugar. Then, we dissolve it in hot liquid of some kind before adding to the dish.