Blackstrap molasses

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Blackstrap Molasses


A viscous dark syrup remaining after cane sugar processing extracts purified sugar crystals. Blackstrap molasses may contain as much as 10% inorganics and 30% sucrose. Commercially, molasses is used for flavoring, cattle feed and the manufacture of ethanol. It was also added to some lining formulations as a humectant.

Synonyms and Related Terms

melaza residual (Esp.)

Hazards and Safety

Susceptible to biodeterioration.

Additional Information

Paul Ackroyd "Glue-Paste Lining of Paintings: An Evaluation of Some Additive Materials" ICOM Edinburgh, 1996, p.231-238.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 779
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • The Merck Index, Martha Windholz (ed.), Merck Research Labs, Rahway NJ, 10th edition, 1983 Comment: Entry 1348
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998