Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Extracting Sugarcane Juice.
Many of you know I grow two varieties of sugarcane. Somewhat of a novelty, I started, just because I could, and because there is a history of growing sugarcane in the Valley.
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[Pictured - cutting the cane, stacked in the trailer ready to deliver to the zoo for the elephants and some grapefruit as an extra treat for them - and just a few young plants left to continue the cycle.]
Last year someone posted on one of the groups on facebook about doing a reduction with chunked up sugarcane and water.
Yesterday we harvested most of our sugarcane to take to the zoo for the elephants. I saved out one of our purple variety to do the reduction experiment using a crockpot. I boiled for about 6 hours, strained and then further reduced down on the stove.
I like the results - the taste came out quite sweet, with a "corn tea" flavor. I will use this liquid when I make tea and am thinking about making a refrigerator jam using this liquid instead of sugar and water. If I get around to that before I run out of juice and try the jam I will let you know how it turns out.
Next time I will try a slightly different way of cutting the chunks of sugarcane to expose more of the inner fiber, hopefully making it even sweeter.
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