Where sugar comes from...
Yesterday, in San Rafael we visited a cane-sugar factory. We saw how they made sugar from sugar canes. I am going to show you how sugar is made step by step.
First, the sugar canes are cut and collected from the cane fields.
Next, they are stacked in a pick-up truck.
Here the workers are placing the canes in a machine that squeezes the juice out. The machine is pretty big and very loud.
The sugar cane skin comes out of the back of the machine but it's all dry. They are going to use the dry left-overs for fire wood.
The sweet cane juice comes out of the side of the machine. This guy is filtering the juice to get the bits of pulp out. I tasted it and it was extremely sweet.
The next step is to boil the sugar juice in huge giant metal bowls until it turns brown and the right thickness. You can see that the steam is coming out of the sugar cane juice.
The moulds have to be cleaned with water and some kind of soap before they pour the liquid sugar inside.
The liquid sugar is filtered before they pour it into the moulds.
To cool the liquid sugar before it goes into the moulds, they use a paddle to stir it around a wooden container.
Then they pour the liquid sugar into the moulds and let it harden.
Once it is hard they flip the moulds upside down and the finished sugar pops out.
Final and best step
Taste the yummy sugar!