How to make a sugarcane juicer

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How to make a sugarcane juicer
Juicing your own sugar is the freshest way to get the sweet stuff for recipes or drinks. (Sugar cane juice image by TM from

Sugarcane is a skinned, cellular grass that produces a sweet juice. If you want to make fresh sugarcane juice from raw sugarcane stalks, you'll need a sugarcane juicer. These are expensive but you can make your own.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 2 railroad spikes
  • 32-inch metal pipe
  • Triangular aluminium flashing
  • Sugar cane
  • Small bucket
  • Small sledgehammer
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Use your small sledgehammer to tack two railroad spikes into a thick trunked tree at your eye-level, four inches apart from each other.

  2. 2

    Drill a hole between them about an inch higher than the two spikes.

  3. 3

    Bend a triangular piece of aluminium flashing into a half-cone shape. Nail the narrow side of the cone right beneath the centre of the railroad spikes, allowing the cone's wider side to face down. This is your juice trough.

  4. 4

    Set your small bucket beneath the juice trough.

  5. 5

    Lay a sugar cane stalk horizontally across the railroad spikes.

  6. 6

    Stick your 32-inch metal pipe into the hole you make above the spikes. Hold one end of the sugar cane with one hand and move the metal pipe down like it's a lever. Juice will flow from the sugar cane stalk through the trough and into your small bucket.

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