Why is sugar considered a "wet" ingredient in cooking?

I am watching Alton Brown's Good Eats on the Food Network, and I noticed that whenever he cooks he includes sugar in the "wet" team instead of the dry team. Sugar is not a liquid, so why is it part of the wet team and not the dry team?

Update:

Doesn't salt dissolve in water? Why doesn't he include it as a wet ingredient too?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    AB actually says it is a dry ingredient. But listen carefully to what he says as to the reason to putting it into the wet ingredients. With fats and proteins the sugar helps incorporate lots of tiny fat globules with air bubbles between the fat and proteins like in eggs. The sugar breaks up the fat in particular to make a fluffier and smoother product.What he says makes a lot of sense when looking closely at what you are trying to do. He was explaining it last night on his cupcake show.

    Source(s): AB fan retired chef cook book author
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  • 4 years ago

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  • R B
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    1 decade ago

    It generally is NOT considered a wet ingredient. When you use recipes besides Alton Brown's you will notice that sugar is considered a dry ingredient. It may become wet when you mix it with other ingredients, but it is not wet. Sugar in a wet form would by syrup. It is confusing when it should not be. Just watch whose recipes you are using to know what's what.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is considered a wet ingredient because it is water soluble. If you put it in with liquids like milk, it will dissolve completely and become a homogeneous solution.

    P.S. I love Good Eats!

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  • 1 decade ago

    I agree that upon first glance, sugar is granulated and dry to the touch.

    However, put it in a pan and heat it. It becomes caramel, a gooey type of liquid.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Maybe he wants to dissolve it in liquid.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because it

    becomes a liquid when other liquids are added.

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  • 1 decade ago

    it's wet when you add it to eggs or butter or cream or oil or whatever

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    humm maybe cause u add stuff to it ??

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    idk. alton brown is wierd.

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