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Old 01/09/10, 09:01 AM
 
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Sorghum vs. Molasses

Now, I know this is a very subjective choice.
But which is better? Which do you prefer? On biscuits or corn bread?
Do you like either of them? They certainly each have their own taste.

Is molasses more popular, "down South", or sorghum?
My Dear old Dad had a taste for cane syrup, way sweeter than either, sorghum or molasses.
My DSW likes honey on her biscuits or cornbread. And she is from North Carolina.
Aww, for me, I like both of them, depending on my mood, I guess.

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Down South it is called Sorghum Molasses .My Yankee wife puts it on cornbread me bisketts And yes this is the Southern spelling for bisketts

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I bet every area in the world has a "local favorite". Up north it's maple syrup or honey.

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Sorghum is made from sorgham cans molasses is made from sugur cane.

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Old 01/09/10, 09:22 AM
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Blackstrap molasses supposedly has a much higher percentage of trace minerals.
Sorghum seems to go down a little smoother in quantity.

I do prefer maple syrup to either, with honey as a close second.

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Old 01/09/10, 09:30 AM
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Don't know, never had either on biscuits. Give me those Molasses cookies tho.

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Old 01/09/10, 09:49 AM
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Blackstrap molasses for men. Sorghum for children and old ladies. Blackstrap is a bit tangy. Sometimes if I crave something sweet, and theres nothing already made, I made a cup of coffee and put a spoonful of blackstrap molasses in it to calm that craving.

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Old 01/09/10, 09:56 AM
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Between molasses and sorghum, I'll take molasses. I've been known to take a taste out of the jar every so often.

If you want some AMAZING for your biscuits or pancakes, try creamed maple syrup. Here's instructions if you want to do it yourself. http://www.massmaple.org/candy.html

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Old 01/09/10, 10:11 AM
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There is light amber sorghum that is every bit as good as the best maple syrup. Hard to find. What gets sold as sorghum in stores tastes like old motor oil with bit corn syrup added. Very simular to the el cheapo crappo molasses.

Grandmas brand molasses isnt too bad. Forget the cheapo crappo stuff. Cane syrup is ok, but kinda high priced for what it is. You might also look for organic rice syrup. Its pretty good and not priced out of reach. HOney varies widely. The stuff actually worth eating isnt cheap and isnt some theoretical corporate world blend thats more like honey flavored corn syrup. Good honey will either be some specialty imported stuff or else real honey from your local beekeeper. Once the greedy corporations get involved in anything, they want top dollar for bottom quality.

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As far as the biscuits/cornbread question.. it is unanswerable. Both are beyond divine and have their own merits. I make cornbread more often just for ease.

Blackstrap molasses... good for cooking.
Sorghum.. I wish I could hook up an IV line of the stuff. I love it soaked into to hot buttered cornbread!
But not on biscuits. Biscuits are for .. apple butter, fresh strawberry jam or plain. Or with eggs on it sandwich style.

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Down South it is called Sorghum Molasses .My Yankee wife puts it on cornbread me bisketts And yes this is the Southern spelling for bisketts
Anything sold as "sorghum-molasses" is most likely half corn syrup and half old motor oil. Southerners used to know what real quality sorghum was. Climate is perfect for growing sorghum. Unfortunately only local producers of real sorghum now price high and market to yuppies. Not like when I was kid and you took your own containers when local guy was pressing his sorghum and boiling down the juice into syrup.
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I get my sorghum molasses from my friends. They grow it. They have a couple of sugar houses and get together and process it. I get it fresh, fresh, fresh!!! Wouldn't have it any other way.

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Sorghum syrup is VERY clearly superior to molasses in all aspects, thank you.

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My vote goes to ribbon cane syrup, which is slightly thinner than sorghum, but with a slightly stronger flavor. A staple in the south over cornbread or bisquits.

Honey and maple syrup are both good, but in a totally different category.

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As far as the biscuits/cornbread question.. it is unanswerable. Both are beyond divine and have their own merits. I make cornbread more often just for ease.

Blackstrap molasses... good for cooking.
Sorghum.. I wish I could hook up an IV line of the stuff. I love it soaked into to hot buttered cornbread!
But not on biscuits. Biscuits are for .. apple butter, fresh strawberry jam or plain. Or with eggs on it sandwich style.
Ok funny how Perfect Minds think alike

Love using Blackstrap molasses in Fish Bait.
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Anything sold as "sorghum-molasses" is most likely half corn syrup and half old motor oil. Southerners used to know what real quality sorghum was. Climate is perfect for growing sorghum. Unfortunately only local producers of real sorghum now price high and market to yuppies. Not like when I was kid and you took your own containers when local guy was pressing his sorghum and boiling down the juice into syrup.
Yep some older folks near here make so much every year they have honey too .

About four bucks a pound for the sorghum the wife thinks plane label with address an phone number also says a product of Tennessee . Wife has called them nice folks .
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Little drift here i know where there is a mill that was pulled with a horse still sitting where it was last used . Old man said someone stole his pan it was copper . He said the rollers were filled with sand or they would stole the mill too . Been trying to talk him out of the thing .

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Vote for sorghum here. The real kind like Chickenista was referring to....find someone that presses their own. We always got ours from a fella that had his set up right beside the road. You could stand and watch the process which was pretty neat in itself. Sorghum was what was grown in the northern part of the south, as sugar cane took too long and we didn't have the growing season for it. My mom's family always had "fried sorghum". Heat the sorghum in an iron skillet and add just a pinch of baking soda to it. It would foam up and make the consistancy a little lighter. Good on bisketts...as Jim would say!!!

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Hmm depends on what I'm using it for. On cornbread with cream poured over? Blackstrap. To drizzle on oatmeal? Sorghum. Ahh we're blessed to live close to the Amish so we get big jugs of sorghum in season. Nice.

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Where I grew up in Alabama it was sorghum syrup...never heard it called sorghum molasses before.

My Daddy made sorghum syrup and I'll take good sorghum syrup over molasses any day.

Sure wish Daddy was still here making it. Ain't had any in years.

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This thread is bringing about sweet memories for me as a little girl.

My Mammie serving me Brer Rabbit whipped with real butter ... and I'd drag her biscuits through it like french fries to ketchup.

What is/was Brer Rabbit? They don't make that anymore, do they?

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Molasses is for cooking and sorghum is for sopping. Cane syrup is mighty good too. When I was growing up the old folks seemed to prefer cane syrup.

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Here ya go Mama Crow. http://mybrands.com/Product.aspx?pid=64 Enjoy.

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Love sorghum! Molasses are okay for cooking, but to eat with hot biscuits and butter, nothing's better than sorghum. We did the "dragging" thing too! Get a hot biscuit, smear it with fresh butter and then drag it through the sorghum and try to get it to your mouth without dripping it everywhere, lol.

My grandma used to make sorghum candy and sorghum popcorn balls at Halloween. A little town near hers had a sorghum festival every fall. Don't have her recipes, but I found these on the internet.

Sorghum Candy

In the old days, kids enjoyed candy making as much as the eating. Cash money was scarce and could not be used to purchase things like candy but sorghum was plentiful and kids could be kept occupied for quite a while pulling the sticky sweet.

1cup sorghum (molasses can be substituted)
1cup of water
Pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients and boil without stirring until it reaches the hard ball stage. Remove from heat and put in a buttered bowl to cool enough to handle. Grease your hands with butter and pull it in small pieces until it changes color and becomes hard to work. (This works best with two people pulling. Remember in the mountains, families were usually large.

Popcorn Balls

Corn was a favored crop in the mountains for many purposes. Many families grew popcorn. It was harvested in the fall shelled and saved for use on winter nights when the cabin fireplace blazed.

Large bowl of popped corn
1 quart sorghum (molasses can be substituted}
Butter to grease your hands

Boil the sorghum till it forms a thread when dripped off the spoon. Traditionally an iron pot was used because it heated evenly and was less apt to burn the syrup. When done, grease your hands well. Put a handful of popcorn in the palm and add, carefully since it may still be hot some of the syrup. Work together to form a ball then cool on waxed paper.

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I vote for sorghum too. I grew up watching my dad put a dollop of butter on a plate, pour a good sized dollop of sorghum on the butter, then mash together with a fork and spread it on whatever bread was available --- hot bread if possible. That is wonderful stuff.

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