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Harvesting Sugar Cane
« on: January 12, 2022, 12:16:36 PM »
Hey All-

With the Temps nearing freezing in Texas it is officially time to harvest sugar cane-



A big shoutout to D-Grower on here who I bought the cuttings from a very long time ago at this point- I believe it is either the malaysian or florida red variety which you can see in the stalks-



First was the chop-





Next was cleaning-









Removing the exterior portion was a massive amount of labor-



But the cleaned up product looked nice and was very tasty for chewing-



Then 2 days of boiling, pour off, reduce and repeat-





And the final product-



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Re: Harvesting Sugar Cane
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2022, 05:29:28 PM »
How good is the final product? How will you use it?

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Re: Harvesting Sugar Cane
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2022, 05:39:46 PM »
Let me just say sugar should be way more expensive for the amount of labor that went into this-

The final product is quite tasty though- and the red color is a real nice bonus-

I will mostly use it to sweeten cocktails or juices, maybe for a coffee or two-

I also have a dehydrator and might try to take some down to the crystalline form but this again is more work

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Re: Harvesting Sugar Cane
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2022, 06:05:51 PM »
This is a great pictorial but it does sound like quite a bit of work.  Could you elaborate on the below process a little?  I'm having trouble visualizing.  Is it multiple batches being boiled down or one batch?

"2 days of boiling, pour off, reduce and repeat-"

Thanks!

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Re: Harvesting Sugar Cane
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2022, 06:14:37 PM »
Sounds like making stock from bones.

Why do you need to peel the outside layer, is it bitter?
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Re: Harvesting Sugar Cane
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2022, 06:53:19 PM »
way easier to use a sugatcane press and then boil it down if your goal is to make syrup.  One 6ft cane makes about a pint of super sweet juice. 

the also sell a hand tool for peeling it like a carrot.  makes it much easier if you want to eat it. 
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Re: Harvesting Sugar Cane
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2022, 07:15:23 PM »
This is a great pictorial but it does sound like quite a bit of work.  Could you elaborate on the below process a little?  I'm having trouble visualizing.  Is it multiple batches being boiled down or one batch?

"2 days of boiling, pour off, reduce and repeat-"

Thanks!

This is the tricky part-

I covered the stalks with water once and boiled for 45 minutes, After tasting one of the stalks it was still quite sweet so I decided to pour it off into a smaller stockpot and re-cover the stems- I then boiled again until the color and sweetness was gone from them.

As Brad mentioned a sugar cane press would have been the much more efficient way to do this but I don't have one

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Re: Harvesting Sugar Cane
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2022, 05:31:47 PM »
Do you have to re-propagate sugarcane every spring? Do they regrow/resprout by themselves?
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Re: Harvesting Sugar Cane
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2022, 08:49:39 PM »
They regrow from the roots!

I have them in a pot to prevent them from invading into places I don't want

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Re: Harvesting Sugar Cane
« Reply #9 on: Today at 01:49:10 AM »
They regrow from the roots!

I have them in a pot to prevent them from invading into places I don't want
about this, i dunno if its related to varieties or smt, but one grower in australia that has a gardening channel  grows alot of sugar cane and the plants do not seem to spread at all. They just grow at clumps which seem to do grow in size, but very slowly.
U should try to plant one and see if its a runner or a clumper, in ground u will get a bigger cropp and each cane will grow bigger.

 

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