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The Pantry Quiz #22

The Pantry Quiz

Multiple choice

Which has the highest melting temperature?

1.    Butter
2.    Sugar
3.    Ice
4.    Lard


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I would think it would be sugar. I love to make carmelized sugar toppings for some of my pastries. Flan is another delight that uses the carmelizing technique. My mouth is watering just thinking of it.

Sugar ~ and yep, I've got it! This was an interesting one to research. Especially reading about ice.

Sugar, and I have lots.


This is one I definitely didn't know. And truthfully I only have a very tiny package of white sugar and one of brown sugar. Mostly use Stevia-in-the-Raw for sweetening things.


I'm guessing sugar - going by how blisteringly hot it gets when melted...



butter = @82-96F
ice = @32F
lard = @86F

sugar - so this one is tricky, because in food science circles it is now widely thought that sugar really does not melt, but dissolves or decomposes, and can do that in hot or cold liquid, the hotter the liquid the faster it dissolves - completely dissolving or "melting" between 212F and 295F. higher temps such as 320F, etc., are cooking or caramelizing temps used to achieve various stages of cooked sugar products such as caramel, brittle, toffee, etc.
and as we all know, sugar will dissolve or melt in a glass of iced tea which means of all the items on this list, butter would have the highest melting point.

Also forgot to mention that depending on the type of lard, melting temps can vary from 86-104F, so technically melting higher than butter and that's the reason bakers love to use lard in pie crusts, because the higher melting temp allows more steam to develop resulting in flakier layers in the crust.

Sugar - butter would burn before the sugar is melted. Ice melts at very low temperatures ;) And lard melts before water is cooking.

I'm going with sugar, and yes, I have lots.

I would have gone with sugar but after reading Bernadette's answer above, all I want to do now is make a pie!! :-)

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