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Old 20.01.2007, 01:46
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

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All excellent advice! I tend to bake quite a bit, especially with my almost-4-year-old, typically things like cookies, cakes and pies. Baking soda, baking powder, corn starch, flavoring extracts, etc., are what I use a lot. Not great for the waistline. I hope to make a stop by a supermarket when we make a quick visit in February, but I am not sure we will have the time, as we will be focusing on schools and neighborhoods.
I would definitely try to pop into one of the supermarkets here... like Coop or Migros to get an idea of what's here when you come for a visit in February. I think you'll be really glad you did.

Moving from the US to Switzerland is most likely going to be a big adjustment. The more things you have from home, the easier it will be for you and your family. It will just take some of the stress off from figuring everything out here all at once. It may seem like a little thing but all the little things add up.

Also, it seems as if people start to have a hard time after the 3 month mark of being here. That's when newcomers seem to start to hit a low when it comes to adjusting. That's just what I've seen around me...obviously it's different for everyone.

Good luck with the move! I hope you and your family enjoy it here!
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Old 20.01.2007, 03:56
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

Jack, how long does the home made version last in the fridge?

Sara/Patrick,

Not sure about shipping from the US but our shipping company refused to ship any food to Switzerland (from Australia), so before you start buying loads, maybe ring them to make sure. Also check Swiss customs' site as some foods are likely prohibited if from outside Europe. (Assuming for a moment not all foods are forbidden).
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

I have taken a quick look at the customs sites, but need to study them more (my German is very rusty; I hope I can brush out the cobwebs from the synapses soon!). And I definitely will with the shippers before we go to far into this.

And I will make it a priority to stop by a supermarket to get a better idea what to expect. This won't be my first time living overseas, but the other occasions were before I was married with children, so really a whole different lifetime. I expect it will be a good bit harder, since I won't be working at first.

Thanks for all your advice!

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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

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Jack, how long does the home made version last in the fridge?
No need to refrigerate. If kept in a sealed container, the sugar will last up to six months. If refrigerated, also keep it sealed. It will last more than one year. My advice: make smaller amounts to use when needed - say 250 gr. at a time...

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It is basically impossible to find "cream of tartar."
Also not necessary! Cream of tartar is typically used in whipping egg whites (replaces using a copper bowl), or adding an acid to a recipe to react with baking soda (providing leavening). In both cases, a couple of drops of lemon juice will do just fine! If you have a recipe calling for cream of tartar, simply leave it out and add the lemon juice...

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Old 20.01.2007, 11:18
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

HI!
I like to bake too and ran around a bit to find ingredients for Christmas cookies.
I found packed brown sugar at the central coop across from the bahnhof. It is in the baking section and it is called "cassonade" and it tastes strong and molasses like.
Across that aisle on the top shelf, you will find molasses (melasse) (that actually substitute well for pancake syrup).
I found chocolate "pieces", not chips, at the coop on the bahnhofstrasse, in the department store basement. They are the same size as chocolate chips but they are little 3d rectangles instead of drops! Anyway, they baked well in chocolate chip cookies.
Hope this helps!
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Old 20.01.2007, 15:26
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Is there any place in Switz. that I can buy brown sugar??
I went through the Lebensmittel floor of the big Coop in Marktplatz, Basel, and they had a choice of brown sugars in the baking section.
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Old 20.01.2007, 15:59
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

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Also not necessary! Cream of tartar is typically used in whipping egg whites (replaces using a copper bowl), or adding an acid to a recipe to react with baking soda (providing leavening). In both cases, a couple of drops of lemon juice will do just fine! If you have a recipe calling for cream of tartar, simply leave it out and add the lemon juice...
They sell it at some pharmacies -- it took about 5 tries before we found it. But be warned if you buy it: there are two types that are sold, and only one is correct.
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Old 20.01.2007, 20:55
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

I can't hold myself back any longer!

We stock pretty much everything mentioned in this thread in our Baking Section

We've added cream of tartar to our purchase list, thanks for the tip!
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

I did quite a lot of baking over Christmas & New Year and was reminded by some of your posts how I also searched for ingredients when I first came to live (and bake!) in Switzerland. By now I know where to look and what are the Swiss equivalents so this might be useful :-
You don't have to buy icing sugar in a shaker, it also comes in a packet from most big supermarkets. Puderzucker/sucre glace.
Bicarbonate of soda is to be found in the same dept. Natron/bicarbonate de sodium.
I found currants last Sat. in the big Co-op in Zürich. You can buy them in the Health food shops, where they also have raisins and all kinds of dried fruit. Korinthen/ raisins de Corinthe.
Vanilla essence is not so easy to locate. When baking the Swiss have a slightly different method : they use Vanillezucker/sucre vanille which is a very fine powder and is sold in small sachets in all supermarkets. You mix it in with the flour and it gives the same flavour as the essence. There are also vanilla pods which you can use in any liquid desserts.
Hope these tips are helpful - unfortunately there wasn't a forum when I was new here!
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

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Is there any place in Switz. that I can buy brown sugar??
Hi Sarah,

Is there a Globus near you? If so, check out their food department. I buy brown sugar and lots of other baking ingredients (bicarbonate of soda, cream of tartar, baking powder, sultanas, raisins, nuts etc) in there. The one in Lausanne definitely has several different types of brown sugar, from raw cane sugar to demerara to light & dark versions of soft brown sugar. It is a little pricey, but I find its better value than the online superstores unless you are placing a big order.

Happy baking!
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Old 21.01.2007, 13:17
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

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I think we visited your wife yesterday for some grub could that be? If so then thank her very much the food is yummy .

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Old 21.01.2007, 14:36
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

I think i saw some in carrefour in Hinwil ZH but could have been somthing else .
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Old 21.01.2007, 21:02
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I think we visited your wife yesterday for some grub could that be? If so then thank her very much the food is yummy .

Greetings from Spiderlegs.
Yes, that was us. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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It is a little pricey, but I find its better value than the online superstores unless you are placing a big order.
Did you include the cost of petrol, parking and time into that calculation???
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

Thanks for the tips. They've been very helpful. I'll check out Globus next time I get to Bern and also Britshop online.
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

I make my own brown sugar, too, but I'm pretty unhappy with the molasses I've found so far. I get it at COOP, 'Veron' brand, and it's more like dark corn syrup than the American blackstrap molasses that I'm used to. The main ingrediant is glucose syrup, so I guess that explains why it's so disappointing. Anyone know where I can buy a better quality molasses here?
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I make my own brown sugar, too, but I'm pretty unhappy with the molasses I've found so far. I get it at COOP, 'Veron' brand, and it's more like dark corn syrup than the American blackstrap molasses that I'm used to. The main ingrediant is glucose syrup, so I guess that explains why it's so disappointing. Anyone know where I can buy a better quality molasses here?
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

Deja Vu...
This is nearly such a Yahoo-Ext*ats-in-Zurich kinda thread...
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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

Its all "Brown Sugar" and "Green Onions" here. Not as good as the "I'm looking for carving knife with a serrated edge" thread. Unfortunately, even the punks haven't got a song I can link to that one...

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Re: Can I buy brown sugar here??

I am actually after jelly beans. I am a diabetic and these are the best things for when my sugar gets low. I am finding it extremly difficult thus far to source them. Can somebody please help me out???
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