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Postby Jogeephus » Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:08 pm

Finished the last batch of cane syrup this weekend. Its a lot of work but in the end the smiles on people's faces when you hand them a bottle and say Merry Christmas makes its worth the effort.

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Postby tater74 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:10 pm

Shall I PM you my address? :D
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Postby mwj » Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:37 pm

Jo what do you use for a press. Our family had a big set of cast iron rolls that was powered by a horse or mule walking a circle while attached to a pole! Someone sat and fed the bare stalks in and the juice ran into a tub. That syrup was one of the only ''cash'' income sources, when my dad was small. They quit making syrup in the late 40's because the mkt. was not around anymore and the free help was not available. I would like to have some ''sorghum'' cookies like my Aunt used to make. :nod:
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Postby Jogeephus » Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:55 pm

We use the same thing. Have used a donkey to pull it but he got ornery and became nuisance and it went on to a better place. This year we used a little garden tractor. Never made any sorghum syrup but I imagine making it is much the same as the cane syrup. This year we used ribbon and red cane. The yield from the ribbon cane was better but the color of the red was much nicer in my opinion but all were good.
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Postby greybeard » Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:36 pm

This isn't a picture of mine but I have one just like it:

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Re: Syrup

Postby wlamarparmer » Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:52 pm

Growing up in South Alabama late 40-early 50's, syrup making was a community event. Large landowner had
large vat approx 4 X 8 ft heavy metal in dedicated shed. Smaller operations use circular cast iron cooker. many of
the cast cookers still used that are today as cattle water troughs. These are still called syrup kettles today in my home area. Each family generally had a cane patch, harvested
and brought to cane mill, was pressed, cooked down by community volunteers on shares with landowner. Most
grew the green cane for was more prolific, but the ribbon cane and red cane made best syrup. The skimmings (foam)
was collected in barrels until full then fed to the hogs. By then it had begun to ferment. Did You know that a drunk
hog squeals 24-7. Loved the fresh cold cane juice. Jo wish I was in Your area, need a small bottle that syrup. Supposedly a small operation in Dothan, Al does decent job making homemade syrup.
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Postby Jogeephus » Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:15 pm

Here it is still a community event for the most part. Granted the ranks are a lot slimmer during the cutting than at the cook. Its a lot of work but if there are a lot of people then the work turns to fun.
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Postby wlamarparmer » Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:38 pm

Yep the stripping and cutting, then heeling in, (the covering with the cane fodder) to prevent freezing
until syrup time, was work. Amazing when I think back how many these old sustenance techniques
are totally gone along with most the equipment. In that era peanuts were stacked around poles, then
to a stationary picker. Harvesting generally not complete til mid-late Nov, peanuts and corn. So, syrup
making occurred early winter, after crop harvest. Guess we were big syrup eaters, all was sealed in
1 gal metal cans. A gallon can with a bail when I grew up was always called a syrup bucket.
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Re: Syrup

Postby Jogeephus » Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:26 pm

Its a shame to see it forgotten. I try to teach my children what little I know. Its a lot of work but when done right it can be a lot of fun.
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Postby Caustic Burno » Thu Dec 21, 2017 9:12 pm

Jogeephus wrote:Finished the last batch of cane syrup this weekend. Its a lot of work but in the end the smiles on people's faces when you hand them a bottle and say Merry Christmas makes its worth the effort.

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Wow I haven’t seen anyone make syrup since my grandpa.
He put up 365 gallons for the family then us grandkids toted many a gallon to needy families.
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Re: Syrup

Postby wacocowboy » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:49 am

I need to get on Jo’s Christmas list.
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Re: Syrup

Postby hurleyjd » Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:15 am

Jogeephus wrote:We use the same thing. Have used a donkey to pull it but he got ornery and became nuisance and it went on to a better place. This year we used a little garden tractor. Never made any sorghum syrup but I imagine making it is much the same as the cane syrup. This year we used ribbon and red cane. The yield from the ribbon cane was better but the color of the red was much nicer in my opinion but all were good.


How about this setup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cDX22_6jUo
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Re: Syrup

Postby Jogeephus » Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:33 am

hurleyjd wrote:
Jogeephus wrote:We use the same thing. Have used a donkey to pull it but he got ornery and became nuisance and it went on to a better place. This year we used a little garden tractor. Never made any sorghum syrup but I imagine making it is much the same as the cane syrup. This year we used ribbon and red cane. The yield from the ribbon cane was better but the color of the red was much nicer in my opinion but all were good.


How about this setup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cDX22_6jUo


I think I'd be scared of that but it looks like its getting the job done. I have a friend who has one that is driven from a large belt that hooks to an old tractor. It works well.
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Re: Syrup

Postby wlamarparmer » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:21 pm

My boyhood, many tried other methods. tractors, gas engines, nothing surpassed ol' wore out mule.
That cane juice for teen boy early winter. PRICELESS
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Re: Syrup

Postby Bright Raven » Fri Dec 22, 2017 3:07 pm

Don't throw any of your "Danger Will Robinson" jerky in it.

I bet you make a hot version. :cry:
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