For those of you who have never heard of "sorghum",
it is a type of molasses made from the juice of the sugar cane.
I was privileged to witness this process,
and would like to share this community venture pictorially.
|First, the cane was gathered from the field,|
the seedy tops and the leaves were pulled off,
then run through this machine to squeeze the juice out.
|The juice was strained through cheese cloth material|
into a large vat before making it's way down the hill to be cooked.
|I arrived just as the last batch of cane had been run through the crusher,|
but a small amount of juice was still dripping from the pipe
into a nearly full vat.
|From this vat, a long pipe carried the cane juice|
to the place where cooking took place.
|This is the raw cane juice just coming out of the pipe,|
ready to start in the cooking process.
|Here is the long hot fire box,|
which had a constant need to be fed wood
to keep the process going -
A very hot job!
|Specially made scoops with holes in them|
were constantly used to skim off the foam.
This foam was not wasted,
and although most of it was going to be added to hog food,
someone said it could also be used for "bear bait"
before bear hunting season.
|It took a community of people to pull this venture together.|
Although recuperating from a recent illness,
the man on the right was gracious enough to volunteer his time
and his equipment in order to put sweetness on the table
for the community.
|This appeared to be the hottest boiling point in the procedure.|
Great care was taken to prevent anyone from getting splashed
by the super hot liquid which would have clung to the skin
causing deep burns to go deep into the flesh.
|As the syrup moved down the baffles,|
it turned from a greenish color,
mellowing into brown.
|The firing process gave off a lot of heat, so|
a shade had been erected on the end to protect from
the additional heat of the afternoon sun.
|One of my husband's most valuable contributions to the effort|
was providing cold water and Gatorade out of his ice chest.
The younger helpers were quick to pass out the cool drinks
to the men who were needing to be re-hydrated.
|When the syrup reached the last baffle,|
it was released from this valve, ...
|...And then placed in this vat until it was cool enough...|
|...To be poured up into sterile jars,|
which sealed quickly as the heat created a vacuum.
|While the cooking process was going on,|
others were working to remove the leftover cane,
much of what would become food for horses
or other farm animals.
|The 87 year old mayor pitched in and did his share of the work.|
I haven't noticed sorghum ever mentioned in the Bible,
but I guess honey would be its closest counterpart.
The Psalmist said in Psalm 119:103,
"How sweet your words taste to me;
they are sweeter than honey."
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I hope you enjoyed your visit to Ozark country!