Sunday, November 8, 2009

chewing tobacco recipe

Ever wonder how to make your own chewing tobacco? Well, maybe not, but here's how anyway.

1. Dry and cure your tobacco. This process can range from moderately difficult to extremely complex. For my purposes I a. harvest the leaves, b. tie into bundles, c. hang in the sun for three weeks, d. hang inside for another month. I would suggest looking for further reading on this subject.

2. Strip off the tobacco from the stems and put in a food processor. Give it a few quick spins to shred it to your desired cut. (Long, short, snuff)

3. Take 2 cups of apple juice and simmer them in a stainless saucepan. Reduce by half until thickening and tacky.

4. Stir in a tablespoon or two of blackstrap molasses.

5. Promptly stir in tobacco and turn off heat.

6. Stir until all tobacco is coated and tacky.

7. Bag, or better yet place in an oak cask to cure further.

23 comments:

  1. how long do you need to cure after its all said and done

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  2. That is a really good question. I let it sit for a couple of weeks in the fridge in a bag. It is very hard to find good information. I would say it tasted similar to "Red Man." A lot depends on the tobacco and its growing and handling up to that point.

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  3. I don't have access to fresh tobacco leaves. Can I use store bought natural pipe tobacco instead

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    1. I used pipe tobacco, it works well for me.

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  4. I don't know for sure, but I would suspect not. It probably has been cured or processed in some other way already to prepare it for smoking. Although I couldn't say for sure.

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  5. Thanks I think I'll look into it some more and if you want I can let you know what I find out

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  6. after curing for a few months the leaves are still a little moist.shall i dry it completely before i run it through food processor? or just go ahead and start makeing snuff?

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  7. Ya, I would say definitely cut it and try it. good luck.

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  8. Im currently using cherry skoal so Im looking to make something similar in taste? If I was to use a cherry or raspberry juice instead of apple juice would that enable me to do that?

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  9. I would think cherry juice or raspberry juice would work great. Maybe I'll try that. Good luck.

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  10. How about how to make the wintergreen flavor of Kodiak?

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    1. I haven't made any in about 2 years so I'm not an expert. Using my imagination though, I would say trying to find a mint extract at a health food store? And experimenting on small batches. Or even adding mint leaves to the mix. Maybe I'll try to grow tobacco again this year. I have to start it well in advance of the season indoors. Good luck

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    2. if your leaves is smoke cure how do you get the smoke taste out of it

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    3. Try buying wintergreen extract online and mixing it with molasses.
      I chew Grizzly Green, which is a wintergreen flavor, and the extract works well.

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  11. do you leave the bag open? as ni a open zip-loc or a paper bag. my trouble in the past with 'sugar' recipes in a closed bag...caused it to ferment.

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  12. Ok Pipe tobacco will work because almost all chew tobacco is of the dark fire cured type. Pipe tobacco is dark fire cured. Also you will never get youur homemade chew to taste anything like redman or skoal. Anyways once you try your own you will never want to chew commercial again !!!. If you are looking for a good recepie look on most of the tobacco growing forums. There are many to chose from pepsi flavored to choclate :).... So have fun trying many flavores and dont try to make chew like a store bought ones it will never happen ;)

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  13. While your waiting for your own tobacco to grow and cure check out LeafOnly.com. Good selection, nice blog, and friendly people. Tell them I sent you.

    Ron

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  14. What type of tobacco is best to grow to make chew? Is there any better types of tobacco plants for chew than others?

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  15. what about whiskey blend? use whiskey instead?

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  16. Whiskey blend is essentially the same as what you do with the flavor by adding in a skim amount boiling it off adding more boiling adding more lol
    Pipe tobacco can be chewed or dipped straight out its bag,horrendous taste you can also boil in your flavor of choice skim amount in saucepan adding more as it boils off

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  17. Concerning fermentation ... It is caused by yeasts converting sugar to alcohol ... Most flavorings for chaw have a lot of sugars ... However the rendering process creates enough heat which SHOULD kill off just about any yeasts that are present at the time ... Another good reason to make sure your workplace is clean ... Fresh squeezed orange juice and a few crushed mint leaves sounds really good ... You might try storing in a small whiskey keg ... Something around a gallon size or so ... I think a barrel would be too big ...

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  18. Do u Necessarily have to hve the black strap molasses??

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  19. Get on FairTradetobacco Forum. There is a lot of "real" info on making your own chew. You can also buy whole leaf from "Whole Leaf Tobacco".

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