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Oct 16, 2010 04:00 PM

Where to get Jamaican Browning Sauce?

Does anyone know where I can find this? I've never heard of it and need it for a recipe I'm trying.

Also if you know the best brand(s) to buy (if there is even that much of a difference?) that would be very helpful.

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  1. I used to see it all the time at Tropical Foods on Washington Street in Roxbury. I believe the brand name was Blue Mountain.

    1. Depends what kind you are looking for? Some consider traditional “gravy master” a browning sauce- That stuff you can find at your local food market.
      If it is the other you want (a burnt sugar sauce ) which is used in west Indian food recipes.-Any Caribbean, west-Indian or Spanish grocery store would carry browning sauce
      Tropical foods Roxbury, Hi-lo on Center St. in JP, Preparations on Columbia Rd. in Dorchester or American food basket stores in Dorchester and Hyde park . Some brands could be Grace, walkers wood, and Blue mountain.

      1. Or you can make your own, which I do when I make my yearly batch of black cakes.

        Basically, you take a cup or so of sugar, put it in a deep stainless pot (the silver interior will be useful later on), and turn on the heat until the sugar melts and caramelizes.

        Then you take it past caramel to burned--it should start to smoke a little and it'll look black. If you tip the pan so the caramel pools on one side, though, there should be a lovely reddish mahogany color on the bottom of the pan--hence the need for the stainless interior--it's harder to tell when the sugar's ready with a dark pan.

        When you see the mahogany color and the wisps of smoke, add in some boiling water. Be careful, because the mixture boils very vigorously for a minute.

        Stir until the caramel is dissolved and you have a thin syrup of burnt sugar--browning sauce.

        1. I saw it this morning at the Malden Hong Kong Market (former Super 88) but I don't remember the brand.

          1. I just saw it at Market Basket in Chelsea (the largest supermarket in the state) I picked up 6 bottles of the Jamaican green seasoning which is SO awesome with on grilled chicken thighs. I think MB may have even had 2 different varieties of the browning sauce but only 1 type of the green seasoning.