Interested to know how jaggery is produced?
Well, you have come to the right place. In this blog, I will share some interesting facts about how jaggery is made. I love eating jaggery because it is a healthier option than sugar and has loads of health benefits.
In many countries, people even use jaggery as a part of their staple diet in moderate quantities. A touch of jaggery can surely transform the overall taste and feel of any dish.
Today, I am very excited to share with you some facts about the production of jaggery.
So. Let us start our sweet and healthy journey of jaggery production.
The different sources from where jaggery can be produced
Jaggery is made either from toddy palm trees or sugarcane. The world’s most expensive jaggery that is not commonly found is made from date palm sap.
In countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India, jaggery is produced from toddy palm. Sri Lanka also uses Caryota urenus or kithul syrup to produce jaggery.
Now, let me go to the exciting part.
The Preparation of Jaggery
Jaggery is known for its health benefits and is one of the healthiest alternatives to sugar that has been used since ancient times. The production of jaggery is a very interesting and critical, and skillful process.
Step 1 - Extraction of the juice
To extract the juice from sugarcane, cultivators used either oxen driven or power-driven crushers that are placed close to the sugarcane field. They clean the sugarcane before crushing the juice out and use large vessels to collect the juice. They also have smaller vessels that are used to heat the juice in the furnace.
Step 2 - Removal of particles and impurities
The heating process goes on for close to an hour and the dried wood pulp is used as fuel for the furnace. Lime is added to the boiled juice so that any particles in the juice rises up and is skimmed off. The juice is boiled until it reaches one-third of its original quality and is thick and golden.
Step 3 - The last stage
They then use a spatula to lift the hot liquid to see if it drips or threads. To cool and solidify the extract, the liquid is transferred into a shallow flat-bottom plan. The pan is so thin and large that it forms a coat that is thin enough to mold into the designed shape.
Understanding the purity of jaggery
The purity of jaggery is determined by its color.
If the jaggery is golden-yellow in color, it means that it is pure. If the color is brown, it means that there are some impurities in it.
Some manufacturers also used colored adulterants for the stimulation of the golden hue for grading scale purposes.