Florida Crystals - Organic Agave Nectar Light - 11.75 oz. (333 g)
Florida Crystals Organic Light Agave Nectar is a delicious liquid sweetener, with a low glycemic index, that is made from the succulent leaves of the agave plant. Low glycemic index foods help keep energy levels balanced and are a good part of a healthy diet. Florida Crystals agave nectar is also suitable for a vegan diet and has no additives or preservatives. Florida Crystals organic Agave Nectar can be used in baked goods and to sweeten all of your favorite foods. Try Florida Crystals Organic Agave Nectar to sweeten:
Light Agave Nectar offers a pure sweetness that will not alter the flavor when sweetening beverages or recipes. It is the perfect everyday sweetener in hot beverages like coffee and teas, and dissolves easily in cold drinks such as lemonades and smoothies. Light Agave Nectar can be used for baking desserts that are light in color such as vanilla cake, muffins and cheesecake.
Florida Crystals Organic Agave Nectar Light Features
- No Drip Cap
- Certified Organic
- Kosher Certified
- Product of Mexico
About Agave Nectar
Florida Crystals Organic Agave Nectar is a delicious and natural liquid sweetener that is made from the nectar, or Aquamiel, of a succulent plant called the Agave, which is native to Mexico. Florida Crystals' agave nectar is made from the organically grown Agave azul or Blue Agave — a species that is known to produce the best quality agave nectar for sweetening.
Since agave nectar is a naturally sweet product, and ranks as having a low glycemic index, it makes for a versatile and ideal sweetener. Low glycemic index foods are an important part of healthy diets as they help to keep energy levels balanced. In addition, agave nectar is a gluten-free product and it contains no allergens.
Agave nectar is purified when it is heated. Depending upon the levels of heating, they are able to produce two flavors - Light Agave Nectar and Amber Agave Nectar (Dark). Light Agave Nectar offers a pure sweetness that will not add any flavor when sweetening beverages or recipes. The Amber Agave Nectar gives a more caramel-like flavor to foods, perfect for sweetening breakfast foods like pancakes, oatmeal or cereal.
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What is Agave Nectar?
Agave nectar is a natural and delicious liquid sweetener that is made from the core of the Agave plant.
What is the difference between the Light Agave and the Amber Agave?
Taste and consistency; Amber Agave has a richer flavor and has a slightly thicker consistency. Light Agave is heated less, resulting in a sweetener that does not add any flavor to your recipes. Amber Agave is processed a little longer to get the darker color and richer flavor. Similar to caramelizing sugar, when you first melt sugar it is clear, but as it caramelizes it becomes darker and thicker.
Is agave nectar suitable for baking?
Yes, but you will see better results in baked goods with a denser texture, such as brownies, muffins, heavier cakes and bar cookies. Agave nectar is a liquid sweetener and will sweeten baked goods just like sugar, but it does not have all the properties of sugar.
How do I substitute agave nectar for the sugar in my recipe?
For each cup of granulated sugar in your recipe, use 2/3 cup Light Agave and reduce the amount of other liquids by 1/4 to 1/3 cup. Use Amber Agave to replace light brown sugar and reduce liquids by 1/4 cup.
Will substituting agave nectar work in all recipes?
Yes, but you may see slight differences in some of your finished baked goods. For example, cookies will have a more cake-like texture.
What recipes will Light Agave work best with?
Light Agave can be used in desserts that are light in color. It is wonderful in vanilla cake, muffins and cheesecake. It is also the perfect everyday sweetener in beverages like coffee, iced and hot teas, over fruit and in smoothies or mixed drinks.
What recipes will Amber (Dark) Agave work best with?
Amber Agave is rich in flavor so it’s best to use in recipes that have a darker color, like chocolate cake, brownies and cookies. It is also great to use a blend of both Light and Dark Agave in desserts.
Amber Agave is also ideal for pouring over pancakes, in oatmeal and for sauces and salad dressings.
Do I cream the agave nectar with the butter and eggs just like I do when using sugar?
No, because agave nectar is a liquid, it will not cream like sugar. To add agave nectar into a recipe, first whip softened butter, then pour the agave in and mix, you would then follow with the eggs.
Can I use agave nectar for candy making?
With the exception of Agave Marshmallows, agave nectar will not work when making candy. Agave nectar will burn before it reaches the high temperatures needed for traditional candy. It is best to use granulated sugar for your candy recipes.
If I want my baked goods sweeter, can I add more agave nectar to the recipe?
Yes. You can go as much as cup for cup.
Is your agave nectar made from "Blue Agave"?
Yes, it comes from the Weber Blue Agave plant. Agave nectar can be made from various agave plants, however the Blue Agave plants are a species of the plant that produce a premium nectar.
Why is your agave nectar sold by weight and not by volume?
Agave nectar has a variable consistency that changes with temperature, similar to honey. Because the volume fluctuates with temperature changes, the most consistent way to measure agave nectar is by net weight. Florida Crystals Organic Agave Nectar is available in either 23.5 oz. or 11.75 oz. net weight bottles. Keep in mind, these are not fluid ounces. There are 16 FL OZ in each 23.5 oz. bottle and 8 FL OZ in each 11.75 oz. bottle.
Does agave nectar have an expiration date?
Yes, 2 years from the date it is packed. You can figure out the date that your specific agave nectar bottle was packed within the code date. The number will be printed down one side of the bottle.
To read the code date, the first letter is the facility where packaged. The second number is the year. Third number is the week of that year and fourth is the day of the week. For example, a code date of "Y1142" is read as:
Is this product domestic or imported?
It is a product of Mexico, meaning that the agave plants are grown in Mexico. But the agave nectar is processed in the USA.
What is the difference between raw agave and your product?
Since Florida Crystals heats the agave nectar to pasteurize it, they cannot call it "raw." Heating is also an additional measure to promote consistency and quality.
What is the process used with agave?
Florida Crystals pasteurizes their agave nectar products by heating them. Since it is an imported product, they opted to pasteurize as a measure of food safety and it gives their products a longer shelf life. Heating is also an additional measure to promote consistency and quality.
How does agave nectar compare to sugar in calories?
Agave has a slightly higher caloric count than sugar, but since you generally use less agave nectar to sweeten than you would sugar, you get equal or fewer calories.
What does it mean that agave nectar has a "low glycemic index"?
A "Glycemic Index" or "GI" is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion and release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream have a high GI; carbohydrates that break down more slowly, releasing glucose more gradually into the bloodstream, have a low GI. Florida Crystals Organic Agave Nectar has a glycemic index in the low 20s.
What is the difference between agave nectar and corn syrup?
Agave nectar comes from the core of a succulent agave plant and corn syrup is made from corn. The only processing used for agave nectar is heating to pasteurize the product.
Why do I use less agave nectar than sugar?
Agave nectar is slightly sweeter than sugar, so you can use less of it to get the same sweet results.
Can people with diabetes use agave nectar?
Agave nectar has a lower glycemic index than traditional sugar. It is more slowly absorbed into the blood stream, releasing glucose more slowly. Florida Crystals recommends you consult your physician before adding this or any new product to your diet.
Can I use Agave Nectar in place of sugar when making jams and jellies?
Yes, you can. Just replace the appropriate amount of Agave Nectar for the sugar. The jam or jelly will thicken as it cools.
Will Agave Nectar work if I am making jam or jelly that calls for storing in the refrigerator?
Yes, Agave Nectar will function in jam or jelly recipes just as it would with sugar so it is perfectly fine to store in the refrigerator.
Will the Agave Nectar work if I am canning?
Yes, it will. Agave Nectar works with canning the same way as it does with sugar.
Is agave nectar the same thing as High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)?
Agave nectar is not the same as HFCS, and it is not chemically altered. Agave nectar is a natural sweetener that comes from the core of the agave plant. Because of all the concerns with HFCS, people often question the consumption of fructose. The reality is that fructose is found in almost every fruit and vegetable we eat. HFCS has a bad reputation because of the unnatural process used to create it. Therefore people wrongly associate fructose as being bad for you. Fructose, like any sweetener, is fine when consumed in proper portions. Agave nectar, unlike HFCS, has a slow energy release of fructose, giving it a low glycemic index that helps keep energy levels balanced. The fructose found in agave nectar is a naturally occurring sweetener and is not the same as HFCS.
Baking and Cooking with Agave
The sweetness of either Florida Crystals Organic Light Agave Nectar or Amber lends itself perfectly for baking and cooking recipes. Since agave nectar is a liquid, it will incorporate easily into favorite desserts. If there are no added liquids in the recipe, you can increase flour by 1/4 to 1/3 cup to absorb the extra liquid added by the agave nectar. Make sure any solid ingredients, like butter, are softened and that the agave nectar is at room temperature. Also, if the recipe is being sweetened by other ingredients, such as chocolate chips, you may want to use slightly less agave for those recipes. When adding agave to traditional baking recipes, first whip softened butter, then pour the agave in and mix. You would then follow with the eggs.
Since the properties of agave nectar are different from granulated sugar, some baked items may brown quicker. Florida Crystals recommend reducing the oven temperature by 25°F and increase baking time a few minutes. It is also important to note that cookie recipes using agave nectar will not bake crisp, as with sugar. They will have a different cake-like texture, but taste delicious!
Florida Crystals Organic Agave Nectars are perfect for everyday cooking, such as making salad dressings and to liven up sauces. Because of how easily it mixes into cold beverages, agave nectar is also great for sweetening smoothies and summer drinks. Try their Delicious Recipes for great sweetening ideas using Florida Crystals Organic Agave Nectars.
About Florida Crystals
Florida Crystals is a leading domestic sugar producer and North America’s first fully integrated cane sugar company, guiding their sugar from the field to the table. Florida Crystals is America’s first and only producer of certified organic sugar, grown and harvested in the United States, and the first sugar certified CarbonFree by Carbonfund.org. Their renewable energy facility is the largest of its kind in North America and provides clean energy that powers their sugar operations and tens of thousands of homes, which helps reduce the use of fossil fuels.