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What do I do with fresh sugar cane?

kristinester Mar 4, 2011 11:17 AM

Last year I planted some sugar cane in a pot on my patio, and now the plant is huge and ready to be harvested. It really just started as an experiment of whether it was possible to even grow sugar cane in a container.

Now the question is, what do I do with 7-8 very large stalks of sugar cane? I've looked into making sugar and it seems to be rather involved and requires quite a bit of equipment that I don't have.

The only other thing I seem to be able to find involves using it as an edible skewer for food.


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    Clarkafella Mar 4, 2011 11:21 AM

    1. Cut into foot long pieces

    2. Give a piece to every kid in the neighborhood

    3. Show them how to eat it

    4. Enjoy!

    1. j
      jaykayen Mar 4, 2011 12:33 PM

      gnaw on it for the juice.

      1. b
        blythe Mar 4, 2011 12:36 PM

        Use think stalks in mojitos.

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        1. re: blythe
          sweet_polly Mar 4, 2011 02:24 PM

          Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!

          1. re: sweet_polly
            tracylee Mar 5, 2011 03:39 PM

            Yep, that looks like what they have at the Samba Room in Denver! Yum!

        2. tracylee Mar 4, 2011 01:08 PM

          I've had it as a skewer for barbecued shrimp and a garnish in a mojito.

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            silence9 Mar 4, 2011 02:15 PM

            Hi... I've seen raw ground pork /beef or minced shrimp (paste) wrapped around stalks of sugar cane (that have been halved, length-wise) and grilled or baked. Essentially, any meat-paste that you might stuff into dim sum/shu-mai), can be employed...

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            1. re: silence9
              Whats_For_Dinner Mar 4, 2011 09:47 PM

              Yep, this is amazing.
              Here's a good starting-point recipe:

            2. Wahooty Mar 5, 2011 03:48 PM

              Shrimp-on-sugarcane is a classic application, but you might also try smoking with it. Buccaneer chicken (similar to jerk) is quite delicious, and the caramel smell you get when the sugarcane hits the hot coals is FANTASTIC.

              1. alanbarnes Mar 5, 2011 05:45 PM

                One more vote for chao tom (grilled shrimp paste on sugar cane). Wonderful stuff, and it's fun to eat.

                1. pepper_mil Mar 5, 2011 06:01 PM

                  um, peel and eat?

                  I cut them into inch pieces, blend them with just a little water, and then squeeze out the juice and drink it with a little lemon or lime. The juice goes bad fast, you pretty much should drink it that day.

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