Growing up in South Alabama late 40-early 50's, syrup making was a community event. Large landowner had
large vat approx 4 X 8 ft heavy metal in dedicated shed. Smaller operations use circular cast iron cooker. many of
the cast cookers still used that are today as cattle water troughs. These are still called syrup kettles today in my home area. Each family generally had a cane patch, harvested
and brought to cane mill, was pressed, cooked down by community volunteers on shares with landowner. Most
grew the green cane for was more prolific, but the ribbon cane and red cane made best syrup. The skimmings (foam)
was collected in barrels until full then fed to the hogs. By then it had begun to ferment. Did You know that a drunk
hog squeals 24-7. Loved the fresh cold cane juice. Jo wish I was in Your area, need a small bottle that syrup. Supposedly a small operation in Dothan, Al does decent job making homemade syrup.
w. Lamar Parmer, DVM