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Old 07-11-2006, 08:21 AM   #1
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Sugar cane

They have sugar cane for sale in the produce section of my store so I bought some and figured I would see what I could do with is. Only problem is that I don't know what to do with it. A lot of health food profucts are sweetened with evaporated cane juice. Anyone know how I can break this stuff down to get to the sweet part of it?

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Old 07-11-2006, 08:25 AM   #2
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My grandfather used to grow it to make cane syrup. He had a mill that extracted the juice and then it was cooked in a humonguous kettle over a fire. I don't know what you would do with just a bit of it, unless you peel it, cut it into small chunks and chew it. Grandaddy used to prepare it for us and we would chew it and spit out the pulp. It really cleans your teeth.
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Could I boil the chunks to make like a stock out of them? Would that be sweet or does the pulp have a bitter flavor?
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:32 AM   #4
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You could probably put the chunks in a juicer and extract it, then boil the juice. How much did you get? Is it enough for all the trouble? The juice is sweet and the more it cooks the thicker and sweeter it gets. Also cane sugar is derived from the juice. I remember chunks of sugar would appear in some of the syrup and my grandmother would give it to us, I think she called it rock candy. She would also use it in her tea.
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I am guessing you probably could boil it down to extract the sugar although I would guess it would be more effort than it would be worth.

I used to love to chew it. Like Licia said, just cut a peeled chunk and start chewing. The pulp itself does not have any flavor at all. It is just extremely fibrous.
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I just got about a 1 foot length of it. I didn't know how much I would need to make something out of it. I don't have a juicer actually. I have a very small kitchen and minimal cooking gadgets because I am pretty much newlywed and haven't acquired a lot yet.
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:41 AM   #7
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I really don't know what you can do with that small amount, except as I suggested first. Perhaps you should ask the person you bought it from what could be done. I know some people buy whole stalks for decoration. The only place I've seen it in years is at country craft shows or fairs, where they mill it into gallons and gallons of juice, but I don't like the juice - it looks a bit dirty to me.
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Some of my Jamaican and Trinidadian friends buy sugar cane for their children to suck or chew (raw). They don't seem to use it to cook with, so far as I know.
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Oh well. Thanks anyway, guys
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You could use long thin pieces as a garnish to drinks. Mojitos come to mind.
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