2021 Sorghum will begin shipping mid October. Cookbooks in stock and ready to ship.
Sweet sorghum is made from 100 percent pure, natural juice extracted from sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) cane. The juice is cleansed of impurities and concentrated by evaporation in open pans into a clear, amber colored, mild flavored syrup. The syrup retains all of its natural sugars and other nutrients. It is 100 percent natural and contains no chemical additives of any kind.
Sweet sorghum is a grass of Old World origin. The name “sweet sorghum” is used to identify varieties of sorghum, Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench, that are sweet and juicy. A United States patent officer introduced sweet sorghum to American in 1853. It is a native of Africa, a drought-resistant, heat-tolerant member of the grass family.
The Department of Agriculture conducted numerous experiments on the extraction of sucrose from sorghum and on crystallization of sorghum syrup. It was hoped to reduce reliance on cane sugar imports and on slave-hungry sugar plantations. Farmers in the South and lower Midwest welcomed the cheap, local alternative to extract dry sugar from the syrup. But, it proved too difficult to extract dry sugar from the syrup.
The syrup was an important sweetener for many small communities well into this century and even today is still locally important. In the 1860’s sorghum cultivation was concentrated in the Midwest, but by the 1890’s it had become predominately a southern crop. Production reached a peak of 24 million gallons in the 1880’s and then declined over the next century in the face of competition from glucose syrups. By 1975, the U.S. Agricultural Census reported just 2,400 acres producing less than 400,000 gallons of syrup. There has been a recovery from this low production with 25,000 to 30,000 acres planted for syrup today.
Sorghum contains such hard-to-find nutrients as iron, calcium and potassium. Before the invention of the daily vitamins, many doctors prescribed sorghum as a daily supplement for those low in these nutrients.
The versatility of sorghum is being rediscovered by today’s nutrition conscious homemakers. They are finding that there is hardly a food served today that sorghum will not improve. Put sorghum over your pancakes, biscuits or toast, as a topping for your ice cream or in Grandmas’ treasured recipes for ginger snaps or ginger bread. Sorghum can be used in your stir fry base as well as in your baked beans, its’ a great ingredient to add into you homemade breads and can be substituted cup for cup in any recipe that calls for molasses, honey, corn syrup or maple syrup. For today’s chef, sorghum is a nutritious flavoring, a seasoning ingredient and a sugar substitute.
Molasses is a by-product of the sugar industry, whereas sorghum is the syrup produced when the extracted juice from the sorghum is boiled down.
No, sorghum is a natural sweetener and can be treated just like honey. Although refrigeration will not hurt your sorghum, it will make the consistency thicker and harder to spread. Storing at room temperature will keep your product ready to use at all times.
Since the mid 1800’s my family has been producing sorghum syrup. The earliest of my fore-fathers operated a travelling sorghum-production. He specialized in toting around a horse-drawn sorghum mill and evaporator pan. He would travel across the country-side harvesting and cooking down small batches for the locals.
As the years progressed, and each generation of Stephens put their mark on the brand of our family legacy, the heritage of our ways and the commitment to quality has never changed. As a Sixth-Generation Sorghum Producer, I’m fortunate to have had, quite literally, the best education available in sorghum production. My tenure has mainly been focused on improving our sanitation, improving our processes to reduce emissions, and improving our soil biology.
We proudly inflict self-imposed standards on our sorghum to regulate our brand quality. From field to jug, our juice, semi-syrup and syrup pass through (13) micron filters. We operate in a FDA-compliment facility that is annually inspected. Our standards make UJS an excellent choice to add to your list of trusted secret ingredients.
While we’ll never knock another producer’s sorghum, we believe there are far and few between that truly compare to the quality of Uncle Josh’s Sorghum. Trusted and loved for over 15 years because of our commitment to quality and consistency.
Yes. The earlier you submit your order, the higher you are on our pre-order list. All pre-orders are fulfilled from our first batches we offer sorghum to the general public to ensure they’re fulfilled first.
Shipping is calculated in real-time by USPS, based on the weight of your purchase and distance to your delivery address. All orders will ship via USPS Priority Mail.
Shipping is only available in the continental United States.
For orders shipping to Hawaii, Alaska or another country, please send us an email before submitting your order. We can provide shipping quotes and handle your transactions manually in-house to provide better service.
Local Pick Up is available in Owensboro, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee, at our other family business, The Scrub Shoppe.
Pick Up In Owensboro, Kentucky
The Scrub Shoppe – 4760 Frederica Street, Owensboro KY 42301
Pick Up In Nashville, Tennessee
The Scrub Shoppe – 7648 Highway 70 S., Nashville TN 37221
Sorghum makes a great gift! Throw in a cookbook and you’re sending an amazing starter pack for anyone that wants to experiment in the kitchen with a delicious sugar substitute. Just select the “This order is a gift” option during checkout and we’ll send your order without pricing information. The emailed you used during checkout will be notified with order updates/shipping information.
No. After the heat seal has been broken, sorghum will more than likely leak from the lid if shipped, creating a huge mess. If something is defective with your sorghum container, or the quality or taste is in impaired for any reason, we will gladly refund your money or replace your order, whichever you prefer.
Yes. Actually, the majority of each year’s crop is sold through our various wholesale customers. Send us a message if you’re interested in purchasing wholesale. Please include your business name, location, and email.
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