It depends what your local climate is. I believe sugar beets require a somewhat cooler climate. If you are in a more tropical area, you might consider sorghum or sugar cane.
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Seeding the sugar syrup with a small amount of sugar crystals seems to help dramatically with crystal formation, so I would recommend that. My sugar beets failed last year so I haven't been able to refine the process yet.
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Neat! I'll have to give this a try, I love crushed pepper flakes.
I tried something similar on my first (failed) batch. I used a food mill to try and squeeze more juice out of the beets- I wound up with something the consistency of apple sauce that clogged the cloth I was using as a filter. I'm not sure if it gave much more liquid, but it was a lot messier.
I kept the trays in my kitchen out of the way. Winter here is very dry and bug-free, so I didn't have to worry about that. Otherwise, any place that's cool and dry would probably work well. You could probably cover the trays with cloth if bugs are a problem.
I'm not sure that other vegetables would have enough sugar content to make it worthwhile.
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I like this recipe overall. I made it thicker than yours (that's just how I like my soups) but next time I'll probably tone down the apple cider. The 3 cups was almost overly sweet to my taste buds. I agree with you, though- it's great on a cold night like this one, watching the snow come down!
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