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Rum

Rum

In the 17th century, Caribbean sugar farmers were swimming in molasses, a byproduct of sugar. Eventually, someone figured out that molasses could be mixed with the liquid skimmed off cane sugar juice after it had gone through the initial boiling and fermenting process. This mixture became known as rum.

Most of the rum in the United States is rhum industriel, rum made from the byproduct of sugarcane. Rhum agricole is made from fresh sugarcane juice.

Selection & Storage

Add ¼ cup rum to your favorite banana bread recipe for a richer taste.

Top a bowl of ice cream with nuts, bananas, and a splash of rum for an adult sundae.

Stir a shot of rum into a mug of warm apple cider for a special cold weather cocktail.

Rum (and all spirits) should be stored in a dry, cool place, away from light. After the bottle has been opened, keep it tightly sealed when not in use.

If the bottle is less than half full, it’s a good idea to pour the rum into another, smaller bottle. If there is too much empty space in the bottle, the taste will change and lower the quality of the rum.

Clever Uses

Feeling under the weather? Combine hot water, rum, honey, and lemon juice for a soothing elixir to ease your cold symptoms.

Combine 6 oz of Jello mix with 1 cup of hot water. Carefully mix in 1 cup of rum and then pour mixture into small plastic cups for Jello shots. Refrigerate until firm.

Food Science

More than 80% of the world’s rum is produced in the Caribbean.

Rum is a high-proof spirit and can be used to set dishes on fire. Give it a try in banana flambe, a dessert with bananas, sugar, butter, and cinnamon.

After British Admiral Lord Nelson died in the Battle of Trafalgar, his body was preserved in a barrel of rum and sent back to England for burial. By some reports, sailors snuck rum out of the barrel and it was almost empty when it finally arrived in England.

Cooking Tips

Add ¼ cup rum to your favorite banana bread recipe for a richer taste.

Top a bowl of ice cream with nuts, bananas, and a splash of rum for an adult sundae.

Stir a shot of rum into a mug of warm apple cider for a special cold weather cocktail.

Health Benefits

Rum can be used as an antiseptic to prevent the growth of bacteria.

To prevent scurvy, the British army gave sailors a mixture of rum, wine, and lime juice.

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