38THE ALVINSTON MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL

Early Pioneer Method:

These visitors are checking out the Early Pioneer method of boiling sap.
These visitors are checking out the Early Pioneer method of boiling sap.
Early Pioneers used handle drills, wooden spigots, wooden buckets and iron kettles for sap collection and syrup production. Sap was boiled in one big pot, producing a strong, dark syrup. This way, the water took a very long time to evaporate. Eventually, a graduated sizing of kettles was used. Fresh sap was poured into the largest kettle for cooking, and then scooped into smaller kettles to finish the syrup. This cooked the sap faster and the sap tasted sweeter.

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