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Old 02-22-2010, 12:25 AM
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Default How to Make Sugar from Beets

I keep sugar beet seeds, just in case. The company I bought them from included the following instructions.

How to Make Sugar from Beets

Many years ago sugar was a priceless commodity. And only as distant as WWII sugar was rationed and prized as a bartering tool.

Kings and Queens have throughout history given and received sugar as tribute and as royal wedding gifts.

You can make this prized sweet from sugar beets very easily. Make sure you are growing or purchasing Sugar Beets. Scrub the beet well and chop it up into small pieces.

In a large pan, cover the beet pieces with water and bring to a boil.

Cook the beets til they are tender and the juice is extracted. Drain out the juice and reserve it.

Boil down the juice to about 1/3 it's original volume. Let cool and scrape out the crystals. Boil the juice again, til it is all gone, remove the crystalized juice again.

Your sugar will not be pure white and it may have a slight beety flavor, but it will be far superior nutritionally to refined sugar.

Store your sugar in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Use it just as you would refined sugar.
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You pretty much have it right. It will have a stronger mollassis taste. It will be brown to dark brown. Some will find it ok and some will not like it. I personally don't mind the taste of home made sugar from beets. You are correct that it will be better for you than commercial processed sugar. If you ever have a chance to go through a beet sugar mill you will stop eating it. It is not the rat dung or bodies that bothers me. It is more along the line of the chemical treatments that are used to speed up the process and looks of the end product. OT
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:53 PM
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Keep in mind that you can't successfully grow sugar beets for sugar in many areas of the country because of the warm summer nights. Even here in NE Kansas where we rarely see 100F on the thermometer, we can grow a lot of sugar beets but they calcify before they can be harvested for sugar, making them nothing more than a good green crop or deer plot.

If someone is wanting to do this, I would research your area first before spending high dollar on sugar beet seed.

If it works for you, post pics of your progress. I know a lot of people would sure be interested, including me.

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Old 02-22-2010, 07:21 PM
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Paul, from what I've read (not talking experience) in areas where the summers are very hot, sugar beets can be grown in the fall/winter. That's probably what I'll do, although I might try 2 crops. I have quite a bit of seed.

Also, in colder areas, you have to buy new seed each year because the beets take 2 years to make seed and won't do it if they freeze.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:11 AM
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Anywhere higher in MI than Bay City,you see sugar beets fields all over the place....quite a common crop,and there is a sugar beet processing plant or two along the Saginw River.I don't remember the brand right now,but it's packaged here in MI....

If I'm remembering correctly back during the Depression when sugar was rationed,people turned to molasses to sweeten baked goods and such because the plant it comes from could be grown easily and processed in small batches.
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Junie, where did you get the sugar beet seeds? I think many of us would like to try growing them. Thanks, Pigzzilla
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Old 02-24-2010, 12:42 AM
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Leera, Pioneer sugar is in Croswell, MI. I used to live near there, in Brown City.

Pigzzila, I'll have to check the seeds in the morning and get back to you on where I got them. They're stored in my daughter's room and she's asleep. I think it was Shumway, but I'm not positive.
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Default beet seeds

I'd like to know what seed company also. Making my own sugar is just another thing I'd like to do to be more self sufficient. And winters here would be cool enough to grow 'em I would think.
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I DID get them at Shumway. Here are links to their sugar beets. I got the first one, Giant Half Sugar Type.
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