How to Make Sugar From Sugar Cane

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Man's relationship with sugar cane has been intact through all of recorded history. It began in Polynesia and traveled to India around 510 B.C. There, sugar traveled to other countries, earning a hefty profit for retailers of the day. Learn a lost art and understand what early man went through to get their sweet tooth satisfied.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pot
  • Sugar cane
  • Rollers
  • Water
  • Large pan
  • Buy sugar cane from a retailer, such as Fresh Sugar Cane in California. Most vendors perform a preliminary wash before putting the cane out to sell, but you want it to be free from clinging dirt before you cook it.

  • Wash the sugar cane for several minutes with running water. Press the sugar cane repeatedly with large rollers.

  • Boil and cook the resulting liquid and allow the water to evaporate. Get rid of the dirty foam that accumulates on the top of the syrup.

  • Discard the fibrous product left over and pour the resulting syrup into a large pan to cook further. Continue boiling until crystals occur. The result is raw sugar that is brown in color.

  • Dry the sugar in a dryer that uses hot air. After it is dry, blow cool air over it for several days.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can find sugar cane growing in California, Louisiana, Hawaii and many other countries worldwide.



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