I've recently started using Agave in replace of refined sugar in many of my recipes. It's a liquid sweetener similar to honey. It comes from a cactus type plant in Mexico. It's sweeter than sugar, but is much lower on the Glycemic Index (GI) scale. It also stores well, making it great for your food storage.
One word of advice though. Agave is not going to lower the GI of foods. So if you are baking with white flour, then use sugar. Agave is more expensive than sugar, so why waste it on a high GI food.
I use it when I'm baking with wheat flour, making smoothies, homemade jam and syrups, fresh lemonade, etc. One of my favorite's is roasting sugar coated nuts using Agave - yummy!! I've also noticed that my kids don't get the "sugar high" when I use Agave. Plus I love the flavor!
The best store price that I've found is at Costco. Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blue Agave - 2 (23.5 oz) bottles for $7.69 (=$.16/oz).
For those that don't have a Costco nearby or like to shop online, Amazon has Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Raw Blue Agave is $16.21 for 2 (44 oz) bottles (-$.18/oz). BUT if you sign up for Subscribe and Save, you save 15% + free shipping, making it $13.78 (=$.156/oz).
They also have the Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Blue Agave for $14.36 (=$.16/oz) with Subscribe and Save.
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