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THE MAKING OF SUGAR CANE SYRUP

FROM THE FIELD TO THE TABLE

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This sugar cane is being pressed by a Chatanooga 44 horizontal power mill. The cane mill is powered by a 1941 Oliver Row crop 70 tractor. In the good old days friends and family would gather and enjoy the festivities. We are reviving that tradition.
Here we are adding wood to the turn-of-the-century Cook's Evaporator and portable Furnace. It is very important to keep the heat hot and even.

 

Sugar cane grown in central Florida is planted in January and harvested in December. In this photo you can see on the right side that the cane has been stripped of the leaves.

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Filtering the sugar cane juice through felt cloth. From the holding tank it is pumped to the barrel above the evaporator pan.
Cooking and skimming the syrup. As the juice heats, impurities rise to the top where it is skimmed off constantly. As the juice flows through the pan the water evaporates resultiing in syrup at the end.

 

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The syrup is then bottled and shared with friends, just as in days gone by.