Thursday, June 11, 2009

Some Methods for Cureing

1.Age the tobacco leaves by allowing them to dry. This process allows the carotenoids in the leaf to oxidize and degrade, producing a smoother more aromatic flavor. There are primarily four methods to accomplish the aging of tobacco: air-curing, fire-curing, flue-curing and sun-curing.

Step 2. Air-cure tobacco by hanging the leaves in a ventilated barn until they have no sugar remaining. This usually occurs by the time they have turned a light to medium brown.

Step 3. Fire-cure tobacco by setting it out on racks over a wood-fueled fire. This method is used mostly for pipe blend tobacco because the type of wood used for the fire influences the flavor.

Step 4.Flue-cure tobacco by hanging it in a closed barn. Pipes from radiators or some other source supply controlled heat to the leaves until the starch is converted to sugar and the leaves turn yellow-orange.

Step 5. Sun-cure tobacco by setting it on racks in the sun for between 12 and 30 days. This method is similar to flue-curing and will produce a sweeter tobacco.-- Seems to be the Quickest and easiest if you have the room.

4 comments:

Bill said...

I am in Chicago and grew about 10 plants in my small back yard. The plants seemed to be good sized, so I was happy.

I have no idea what type of seed they are, my buddy sent me them from his tour of the Lucky Strike factory in Durham.

I have just harvested them. Cut off some plants at the base, others I cut off each individual leaf. Now I have them hanging in my back sun room.

Big question: if I let them dry and chew them, will they have a kick? What about if I smoke them? How will I know if my leaves have any potency? I can't fire dry or really do anything but just hang them.

They smell just a little bit, mainly like a leaf. I've heard these things are supposed to really stink like tobacco...

Thanks,
Bill

Tony said...

yea i dont know really what to say cause im not sure of the Kind of tobacco plant you got. i have connecticut broadleaf hanging up and it smells pretty strongly of tobacco.

Rapp said...

Should the leaves dry before flue curing, or should I directly put them in the curing chamber after picking the leaves? Been searching all around for this answer a couple of days, without finding anything useful.

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