Let's Cook: Episode 2 - Yacon
How to Make Yacon Syrup at Home
Yacon syrup is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative sweetener as people are beginning to learn more about the myriad of health benefits that the Yacon root can bring. Unfortunately, purchasing commercial Yacon syrup can get very expensive, so if you'd like to experience the benefits of the Yacon root but cut costs, you can make your own Yacon syrup at home instead.
Collect and wash the Yacon roots.
- If you grow your own Yacon roots at home, dig up some of your roots (depending on how much syrup you'd like to make). If you have a large area of roots, it is advisable to harvest the most mature plants. Once you've collected the roots, wash them under a pressurized hose to remove any dirt residue.
- If you purchase Yacon roots at the market, select the healthiest and freshest-looking roots. Take them home and rinse them in your sink to remove any residue left on the roots.
Peel and juice the roots.Using either a potato peeler or a paring knife, peel the Yacon roots and discard the peels. Take out your food processor and put all of the peeled roots inside, then juice them.
Cook the juice.Pour the Yacon juice into a pot, then put the pot on the stove. Cook the juice on medium heat until you see a film developing. Skim the film off of the top and the sides, then bring the juice to a boil for a few minutes before letting it simmer overnight. The next day, bring the juice to a boil again and skim the film off of the top and sides. At this point the juice should be darker and smell like molasses or treacle.
Strain the syrup.Let the juice cool down, then use a sieve to strain the syrup. The thin liquid that can pass through the sieve is the syrup itself, and the thicker material that remains in the sieve can either be discarded or put in a separate container and used to sweeten foods.
Bottle and store the syrup.Pour the strained syrup into a bottle or container of your choice, then place it in the fridge so that it will keep longer.
I've gotta wonder how big "half a crate" is. "Tips" says that's what it takes to make 750ml. Is this true?
Can you tell me approximately how much syrup is created from each pound of Yacon roots?
What is a recipe for roasted peanuts with yacon powder?
- It takes half a crate of Yacon roots to make approximately 750ml of syrup. Keep this in mind when picking/purchasing Yacon roots and adjust as necessary depending on how much syrup you'd like to make.
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