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Cane syrup Quick Facts
Name: Cane syrup
Colors Dark golden brown
Taste Mild sweet
Calories 56 Kcal./cup
Major nutrients Carbohydrate (11.82%)
Iron (9.50%)
Vitamin B1 (2.25%)
Vitamin B2 (1.00%)
Sodium (0.80%)
Mostly cane syrup is made from sugarcane juice and concentrated by evaporation or after clarification before any sugar is crystallized or removed. The word “cane syrup” used in consumer products having regional orientation to Southern USA and also sugarcane processing areas. Cane syrups as well as blends are used on biscuits, pancakes and cereals and in cooking. Cane syrup is produced at sugarcane factories in Hawaii and Louisiana for use of food industry. The fusion of brown and golden colored streams is mixed for producing syrup. This syrup is dark golden brown in color having medium flavor intensity is upturned partially.

Cane syrup is prepared by heating sugar cane juice in open kettle till it forms thick and dark syrup which simulate molasses. It is popular in south and used as a table condiment and added to recipes. The taste of cane syrup is similar to molasses. When sugar boils, surface of juice is glanced number of times so bits of cane or other impurities which float on surface that could be detached. When it boils, lemon juice and baking soda are added to the juice. Baking soda bring the impurities to the top and lemon juice discard salty taste in sugar cane juice extracted from plants which are grown with ammonium nitrate as fertilizer.

The consistencies of sugar cane syrups differ through boiling. Each type varies from others in duration of boiling and degree of skimming. When the time of boiling increases, syrup darkens and gets more concentrated. The skimming results in clear product. When the syrup reaches to desire consistency, it is cooled before being packaged. In case of commercial products, before packaging the preservatives are added.

Types of Cane Syrup

  1. Molasses & cane syrup

These sweeteners vary from each other. Molasses refers to a by-product of sugar refining whereas Cane syrup is a cane juice boiled to obtain syrup. It is commonly known by non-Southerners as unsulphured molasses. As sulphured molasses could be found in the market and very cheap as well, but it’s strong flavor is unattractive and generally not desirable.

  1. Sorghum syrup

This product is similar to cane syrup. Sorghum has thinner and slightly sourer taste in comparison to Cane syrup.

  1. Treacle

Treacle has variety of colors from dark version but not same as Blackstrap molasses to paler versions akin to golden syrup.

  1. Golden syrup

Golden syrup is lighter and paler in color in comparison to above three and is more similar to table syrup in U.S

  1. Table syrup

Lot of table syrups is found in supermarkets with flavorings of one to another such as various fruits, maple, butter etc. Usually, table syrup has low flavor in comparison to molasses, sorghum syrup and cane syrup or darker treacles. The syrup which contains corn syrup is stored as corn syrup.

  1. Corn Syrup

Dark or light corn syrup could be substituted for cane sugar in various recipes. It is not sweet and does not possess same flavor.

Precautions                                                                                                 

  • Not to be consumed regularly.
  • Diabetic people should avoid it due to the high content of sugar.
  • Consume it in moderate amounts because its excessive use triggers unwanted side effects.

How to Eat         

  • Drizzle cane syrup over hot biscuits and pancakes.
  • Use it as a sweetener for baked goods, flavoring for beans and as meat glaze.

References:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/food-science/cane-syrup

https://www.livestrong.com/article/274090-nutritional-facts-about-sorghum-syrup/

https://www.usaemergencysupply.com/information-center/self-reliance/food-storage-frequently-asked-questions/types-of-cane-syrup

https://www.slowfoodusa.org/ark-item/traditional-cane-syrup

https://tastessence.com/sugar-cane-syrup

https://www.beingtheparent.com/sugarcane-juice-during-pregnancy/

https://www.leaf.tv/articles/what-can-i-use-in-place-of-cane-syrup/

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