Chewing tobacco has been used by tobacco lovers for centuries. Often referred to as chew, chewing tobacco consists of dried tobacco and several flavors. There are many different types of chew that appeal to various tastes. Making homemade chewing tobacco is one of the easiest ways for individuals to have a steady supply of their favorite flavor available. Homemade chew can also be customized to match the consistency and smell of any individual's favorite recipe.
Things You'll Need
- 2 cups apple juice
- 2 tbsp. blackstrap molasses
Gather a handful of tobacco leaves and tie them into a bundle. Start a low-burning fire in a partially enclosed area such as a barn. Hang the bundle of tobacco leaves over the fire, high enough above the flames so that the leaves do not get burned. The smoke from the fire will alter the flavor of the tobacco. This curing process can last as little as three weeks, but can go on for as long as 10 weeks to achieve a desired flavor.
Untie the tobacco bundle and separate the leaves and the stems, discarding the stems. Put the tobacco leaves into a food processor and shred the leaves with the food processor until they reach the consistency that your desire. This usually only takes a few seconds on a very low speed.
Bag the chewing tobacco or, if desired, store the tobacco in an oak case. The oak case will alter the flavor and scent of the tobacco, curing it even more. If desired, add a small amount of molasses, jasmine, orange peel or other fragrant ingredient to the tobacco while it cures in its case for additional flavoring.