Molasses

Discussion in 'General Homesteading & Building' started by *Andi, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

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    It always starts out the same way ... someone calls hubby and said, "I need your help!" (pump, motor or etc) The next thing I know ... I'm helping some farmer make molasses. (very cool) The steps are from ehow ... but pretty much how it was done.
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    Cut the sugar or sorghum cane about 5 or 6 inches from the ground in early October.

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    Remove the seeds by cutting them off at a slant with a sharp knife. Some people let their cane stand for one week before taking it to the mill for squeezing.

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    Squeeze the cane at mill into a large tub until full. (The part hubby had to help with... :D)

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    Strain the juice through clean white cloths wringing as you go to get all the juice.

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    Pour the juice into a boiler pan approximately 7 feet long, 3 feet wide and 12 inches deep. Each pan will hold about 90 to 100 gallons of juice.

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    Place pan over a wood fire by resting it on concrete blocks built around the fire. Molasses must cook slowly and evenly to prevent burning. Boil juice for around 6 hours.

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    Skim the green substance from the top of the juice as it boils with a special molasses strainer.

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    Pour into sterilized canning jars while hot to keep the molasses from cooling and turning hard. Jars will self seal as the syrup cools.

    I love this stuff :D ... I can hear my hubby now ... "Well, do you mind if I bring the wife and son with me?" lol
     
  2. OldCootHillbilly

    OldCootHillbilly Reverend Coot

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    Love the stuff. Use lots of it in my smoked meats.

    Used ta have a plant near by what made it, but alas, they are gone, now I gotta buy it at the store, ain't as good, but ya do what ya gotta!
     

  3. sailaway

    sailaway Well-Known Member

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    I use molasses in place of refined sugar when I make oat meal cookies, yum yum!
     
  4. Jason

    Jason I am a little teapot

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    Daddy Mole, Mommy Mole, and Baby Mole went on vacation to a nearby meadow. After they tunneled their way into the middle of the meadow, they popped up in the middle of a beautiful field of wildflowers, blooming in all their magnificance. Daddy Mole poked his head up out of the hole, inhaled deeply, and said "I smell honey!" Mommy Mole popped her head up out of the hole, inhaled deeply, and said "I smell honey!" Baby Mole, who was still in the hole behind his parents, tried not to inhale too deeply and said "I smell molasses."
     
  5. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

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    LOL!

    Jason, Thanks for the smile :D
     
  6. Expeditioner

    Expeditioner Well-Known Member

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    Love me some sorghum molasses. Used to make it with my family when I was a kid......one of the benefits of being a hillbilly. I use for smoking meats, as sugar substitute, on biscuits or cornbread, in my grits, and in beer making!
     
  7. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

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    But one of the skills from the past that is going, going and soon to be gone.
     
  8. CVORNurse

    CVORNurse Well-Known Member

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    Lord, I hope not. Love me some homemade buttered biscuits with molasses. Or ribbon cane syrup. Or honey. My father in law used to have dessert at breakfast. He would literally get a big glob of margarine and pour molasses or cane syrup over, smoosh together, and dip his biscuits in it. Looks gross, but very tasty.
    And no, his heart didn't do him in, it was the Hep C that they never did figure out where he had picked up.
     
  9. ShipAhoy

    ShipAhoy Retired Navy

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    My grandmother used to make molasses cookies from scratch. I have the recipe somewhere.
     
  10. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

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    Sorry ... just the way I see it... the skill of every day, from the past are (on a sad note) going to the way side.:(
     
  11. mdprepper

    mdprepper I sold my soul to The_Blob. He had candy...

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    Would you share that recipe?
     
  12. kyfarmer

    kyfarmer Well-Known Member

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    Untill my uncle passed away, our family made molasses and maple sugar for over 50 years. Right in the hills of old Kentuck.