Friday, September 5, 2014

Corn Syrup with Corn Cobs

Well I just finished 4 cases of corn I canned 3 cases and froze 1 case. Then I took the cobs of the last case and made syrup. It is very easy but just to warn you it doesn't taste like store bought corn syrup. I does have a little corn taste to it if it is plain but if you add a flavoring it is really good it seems give the flavoring a boost. So don't throw away your cobs make syrup also keep your corn silk to make a tincture [ I will post how to do that next.].

First take you cobs put in a pan and cover with water then bring to a boil and simmer for a couple hours.  

After cooked remove the cobs from the water the strain. I use a gallon jar with a clean knee high stocking attracted to the top with a rubber band or If I can't find a rubber band I just pin a piece of elastic together to use. so any how I strain the juice and pour back into a pan. 

Then I add my sugar It is a two to one ratio 2 cups liquid to one cup sugar I had 16 cups of liquid so I added 8 cups of sugar. I like a thicker syrup so I do add a couple extra cups of sugar. Bring to a boil and then simmer for a few hours until you have the desired thickness.

After it has thickened up you can use as is or you can add some flavorings. I pulled out 8 cups of liquid and added 2 teaspoons of maple flavoring,
To 4 cups I added 1 teaspoon of orange extract and 2 drops red food coloring and 2 drops of yellow,
To another 4 cups  added 1 teaspoon of raspberry extract and 2 drops red food coloring, 
I was going to add strawberry extract to the remaining 4 cups but realized I was out so I decided to experiment and added a teaspoon of almond extract to 2 cups of syrup and 1 teaspoon of butter extract with 2 drops yellow coloring  to the last two cups the butter flavored was real good and I will probable  do some of it again the almond was ok but not that great.  

Put in pint jars and process in a water bath for 10 minutes be sure to adjust for your altitude I have to process mine for 25 minutes.
The food coloring is optional the only reason I use it is I process all mine at the same time and use the color so I can tell them apart when done. 

They sure turn out pretty.


  1. This might be a silly question, but...if you add sugar to make it a syrup, anyway, what is the benefit of using the boiled cobs to do it, as opposed to just using sugar + water?

    1. Rachel,
      Not a silly question. The boiled cobs gives it flavor some people like just the flavor of the cobs alone, I like to add flavors. seems to give a boost to the added flavors. Back in the depression days they made a lot of this.

  2. Great post. Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesdays! I hope you'll join us again and share more of your awesome posts.


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