Monday, March 11, 2013

Sugar Time

Guess what?
The weather is perfect for Maple Sugaring!
40's during the days and below freezing at night.
What a fun family day.



We learned that trees have to be at least 1 1/2 feet around in diameter.



In the sugar shack, this is the place where the sap becomes syrup.
Most trees produce 1% sweetness and,
 if you have a large rounded tree in the middle of a field, 
the sap will be 2.5% sweet.
To make one gallon of syrup, you need,
40 gallons of sap mixed with 39 gallons water and then boiled.
See all the water evaporating?


It rises up and up ...


and out!


Once the water evaporates it drips and goes through the filter cloth
which removes any crystallized sugar.



If you boil the syrup some more, 
you get these!
Maple sugar candy!
Melt in your mouth goodness.
Yummy!
Warning: if you have never had one, nibble and eat slowly


We also saw something else special.
Who knew you could do this in the winter?


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