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Made from the chaff. Tastes like an awesome caramel sauce!
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Hi Brent! Sorry to say, I have never tried to grind them myself. I take them to the milling event here in town, and have them do it.
I have heard that some folks have had some success using a coffee grinder. I have also heard of people breaking their coffee grinders in the process. YMMV.
I will have to give this syrup process a try. What I really need is a better way to grind the pods. I presently use a blender which produces only a coarse flour. Can you suggest a cost effective grain mill for home use?
We started them in the crockpot, then boiled the liquid down. (removed the pods). We used I believe velvet mesquite although it might be honey or a hybrid of honey and velvet if that's possible. The pods sometimes get red streaks like the honey but most do not, and it otherwise looks like a velvet mesquite tree to me. They are very sweet pods.
We may try with the chaff after milling to compare the difference, and I may try toasting them. Thanks a lot!
Yes, I think the flavor is much more akin to molasses, cocoa, or coffee, as it still has all its minerals and natural flavors in there. Unlike caramel, which is made from refined sugar, and thus, has a pure, sweet flavor.
A few things that might have altered your results:
I started with 4oz of chaff + 8oz of water in a stock pot fitted with a strainer:
And let it simmer for a few hours. The I pulled out the strainer, and ran the remainder through a mesh strainer, and let it reduce to one pint. Then I went ahead and canned it, and stuck it in the fridge.
The next morning, it had thickened up a little more, but there was also about an inch of debris on the bottom. So I cracked it open.
This time I ran it through several layers of cheesecloth, and put it in a pot to reduce even more.
By the time it got to a thickness I liked, it was only a cup.
The good news is, now that I kind of have a grip on the process, I have 10 more ounces of chaff to mess with.
You can also do it in the crockpot. But mine was just too small. So I switched to the stockpot. There's a recipe for that method at the bottom of this page: http://www.t-a-d-a.com/Mesquite.html
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