Ryan Hobbs wrote:.... sugar beets aren't fussy, don't take up a lot of space, and according to the article I read, are 17% sugar. Additionally, maple sugaring uses much of the same equipment.
Wes Hunter wrote:Potatoes, also being a commodity, are cheap to buy. I've never done the math, but I imagine my costs for growing potatoes are higher, perhaps significantly, than the cost of supermarket potatoes. But homegrown ones are quite obviously better, so I keep growing them. If quality was the same, I'd probably keep growing potatoes just because I like growing potatoes.
Su Ba wrote:I make my own sugar, but I'm in the tropics and can grow sugar cane year around. That makes a difference.
I don't bother to boil it down to crystals. I simply use a cane press to squeeze out the juice and use that, I don't bake, but I do make custard-like sweets and drinks with it. By the way, I find raw cane juice to be far tastier than cooked. The local officials require it to be cooked if I want to sell it, so I tried doing it once. The flavor is changed with heating.
Im growing sweet sorghum for the first time this year. I'm curious what the syrup will taste like compared to sugar cane.
Amit Enventres wrote:One more thing on my friend sorghum. Because it's got lots of uses, you never waste your time. If you can't press the canes, then toss them to the kids as chew toys or let them ripen more kernels. Then go buy a bag of sugar and try again next year.