Posted 10-30-2002 at 14:10:58
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Sorgum cane,kina like "sugar cane".grows about 5-6 ft tall mabe more dependin on soil etc. Leaves are NASTY,long with razor sharp serrated edges which same will draw blood on Ya fast'n often!!
Some folks burn tha field ta remove tha leaves,We being brutes for punishment stripped em with a corn knife. Hot Aug',bare hide,blood soaked.
Ya cut tha cane, take it to tha mill which is generaly a three roller affair,rolls set vertical. Use a horse or mule on a lead pole ta turn tha blamed thing with. Critter goes round'n round,on'n on.Sap runs out of crushed cane into a trough and hence to a bucket.
Bees,Yellow Jackets,wasps,Flys,UFO's,Hornets all flock ta pertake of tha sticky stuff.
That pole goin round is right close to tha ground so whoever is feedin tha mill has ta hunker down or work on Their knees and try ta keep from gettin brained by tha lead pole.
Would'nt take much ponderin ta figure out whose job that was!!!!!!!!!!
Next tha juice goes to tha cookin trough. What We used was home made from a sheet of galv' steel and 2X8 boards,looked sorta like a jon boat or over sized mud boat.
This sat on rocks and was tilted jest a smidgin and high enough up so a good wood fire could be kept goin under it. Was also next to a spring so We had water.
You get tha thing goin and just cook tha sap pourin fresh in at tha top'n takin sorgum out tha lower end. Ya have a big wooden padle thats used ta scoop tha bad stuff off tha top,it gets dumped off ta tha side where it attracts more vermin of tha stingin type.
Any ways, after it's cooked down it makes tha most deelektable eatin a body ever could hope for.
Now, tha differance twixt "SORGUM" and "MOLEASS'S" is Ya says pass tha Sorgum'n when thats et Ya say pass mo'lassas.
We made sorgum as a cash crop,many gallons of it and I still like it better'n any other IF it's good lass's. Most of what the store sells is "BLACK STRAP" it's cow feed,good stuff should be light golden about like honey to just a tad darker.
It has been said and I believe You can pretty well tell tha color of the soil the cane was grown on by looking at the syrup color.
In truth to My way of thinkin tha only stuff that can mabe edge it out a tad is "GOOD" Maple syrup,tha kind that comes out of a tree stead of bein manufactured out of a bunch of garbage with a drop of sap ta make tha label legal..