Uses for molasses

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by kckndrgn, Dec 22, 2010.


  1. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    My wife can get us "some" molasses from her work. By "some" I mean we will get it in 60lb buckets :shock:. The molasses is good, it's just that the heat in the warehouse they are stored in has caused the lids to get a slight "bubble" on them, but they are still sealed buckets.

    So I know I have used molasses in limited cooking uses, but what else can it be used for?
    here are some ideas:
    Crosby Molasses Company
    22. To aid flowering in the growing of marijuana.
    24. As a honey substitute.

    18. As an aid to plant growth.
    13. Used in insect spray together with hydrogen peroxide.
    3. Used in beer making
    42. To aid healing - molasses and myrrh on a bandage

    82. A daily dosage of Molasses in a cup of warm water promotes 'regularity'


    My wife really doesn't want to bring home 60lbs of it because once it's opened, what do you do with it. I say that it will last for a long time without refrigeration, so what does it matter?

     
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  2. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    It will last for darn near forever without refrigeration.
     
  3. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    can you say RUM?
    .
    How to Make Rum at Home

    Making delicious rum at home is an undertaking well worth your time and effort. All you need to begin the process is a gallon of molasses (available at many animal feed stores), a package of dry distillers yeast, clean drinking water, either a pot or column still to distill your spirits, and a vessel to store your great new homemade rum.
    Fermentation-Your rum will be distilled from a fermented molasses and water combination known as live wash. Your wash should contain around 15% sugar content. Since most molasses contains about 60% sugar you will need to dilute it to a proper concentration for fermentation. After introducing your yeast culture, the fermentation process will take approximately a day and a half to convert the sugars in the wash to alcohol.
    Distillation-The dead wash that results from your fermentation will need to be distilled in order to concentrate the alcohol spirits and produce your rum. Pot still distillation is the traditional method of rum making, but choose the still that fits your budgetary and production needs.
    Aging-Aging your rum is not necessary, but traditionally rums are allowed to mature in oak or stainless steel barrels which will mellow your rum if you choose to do so. Since rum is a clear liquor it gains its coloration and many of its nuances during the aging process. Oak barrels that have been charred on the inside are considered the most advantageous but are expensive for the home distiller. Rum should be aged at least one year to allow its flavors to marry.
    Blending- Many of the finest spirits are obtained through blending and this is the final step in the journey of rum making. As you perfect your own recipes and techniques different styles and types of your homemade rum can be blended to satisfy your pallet.

    First you may need a small still- http://www.whiskeywise.com/Build-a-moonshine-still.html
     
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  4. Disciple

    Disciple Monkey+

    60 lbs of molasses sounds like a good time for about 1000 butermilk biscuits
     
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  5. Disciple

    Disciple Monkey+


    yeah and the ATF will be there to collect you, for a new expirement at Leavenworth.
     
  6. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    according to federal law you may make a certain amount for home consumption. no sales whatsoever. Some state laws may differ...
    .
    another link with regard to making rum and the DIY stills;
    .
    How to Make a Rum Still | eHow.com

    MY FIRST STATEMENT ABOVE IS NOT CORRECT. THE LAWS HAVE CHANGED!!! BIG BROTHER HAS MADE IT NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO LEGALLY PRODUCE ANY ALCOHOL EXCEPT BEER AND WINE FOR BEVERAGE CONSUMPTION. YOU MAY LEGALLY OWN A ONE GALLON DISTILLER FOR USE IN MAKING FUEL TO BE USED ON THE PREMISES. RECORDS ARE REQUIRED AS ARE A PERMIT WHICH IS FREE. SEE MY POST UNDER "ALCOHOL PRODUCTION" IN THE MEDICINE FORUM AREA
     
  7. Byte

    Byte Monkey+++

    Well if it all goes to pot and you're eating beans several meals a day you can at least make delicious baked beans in a dutch oven! And as tac mentioned rum! My sister has a cook book with a great baked bean recipe that calls for both molasses & rum. Take the 60lbs!

    Byte
     
  8. hedger

    hedger Monkey+

    Mmmm...Beans & Molasses

    I grew up in the Boston area and I am accustomed to having a little molasses on my beans.

    I really am not happy when we run out of molasses in our home. Maybe I'd better stir this into the inventory for our larder.

    Also, I recall reading about a tragic incident that occurred where an elevated tower (much like a water tower) containing molasses burst or collapsed and the resulting flood of molasses drowned a number of people.

    I was happy to learn that honey can be stored indefinitely. Is the same really true of molasses, too?
     
  9. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    The first Last Whole Earth Catalog had a section in it about a company that had developed a polymer that made blackstrap molasses into a hard plastic that could be molded into bricks, plumbing fixtures, paving, roofing shingles, and structural members. Everything at their factory, from the parking lot pavement to the toilets, walls, and floors were made entirely from molasses. I often wondered what ever happened to them.
     
  10. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

  11. Sherman

    Sherman Dog Eat Dog

    Rust removal....
    old timers used it to soak parts in, I believe 50/50 water. I tried it on some old ford flatheads. But forgot about it and it got nasty!!! green fuzzies took over.
     
  12. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    I found this thread and now I am wondering how the molassas stash is doing @kckndrgn
     
  13. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    She has brought a few home. Mostly we use it in the woods as a deer attractant. (and squirrel, and rabbit and....)
     
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  14. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Best and highest use for molasses is in shoo fly pie.
     
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  15. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Mix for crumbs: (reserving ½ cup for topping)
    2/3 cup brown sugar
    1 Tablespoon solid shortening
    1 cup flour


    Filling:
    1 cup molasses (good and thick)
    ¾ cup boiling water
    1 egg beaten
    1 Teaspoon baking soda

    Combine soda with boiling water, then add egg and syrup. Add crumb mixture (this will be lumpy). Pour into unbaked pie crust and cover with reserved crumbs. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for an additional 35-45 minutes (until firm). When cut into, the bottom may be "wet." This is okay, and is called a "wet bottom shoo fly pie."

    add lemon juice and it becomes Montgomery Pie
     
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  16. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++ Site Supporter++

    Would love to have it.
     
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  17. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++

    [drooling]
     
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  18. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Easy enough to make, and with a bit of searching you can find kits for it.
     
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  19. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    That would match my usage.dinner attractant.
     
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  20. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator Site Supporter++

    I molasses and find that it adds a rich flavor to a bland recipe. Plus it is great to just take a spoonful out of the jar.

    Health Benefits of Molasses | Organic Facts
     
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