There's no shortage of options in the grocery aisle if you want to go with store-bought sugar, but it may surprise you just how easy it actually is to get yours straight from the source. With a little bit of time and an even smaller amount of work, you can extract the good stuff straight from the sugarcane.

Wash under running water for several minutes. Most vendors perform a preliminary wash before putting the sugarcane out to sell, but you want it to be free from clinging dirt before you cook it.

Press the sugarcane repeatedly with large rollers, using a bowl to catch all of the extracted juices.

Boil and cook the resulting liquid and allow the water to evaporate. Make sure to discard the dirty foam that accumulates on the top of the syrup.

Toss the leftover fibrous product and pour the resulting syrup into a large pan to cook further. Continue boiling until crystals occur. The result is raw sugar that is brown in color.

Dry out the sugar in a dryer that uses hot air. After it's completely dry, blow cool air over it for several days.