Making Maple Sugar

We made maple sugar yesterday. It is very good. First you boil maple sap to syrup. Then you strain it to get the sugar sand out. Then you boil it some more. You take the scum off as you boil it. You boil it for a long long time, till it gets to almost 300 degrees!

Then Daddy stirred it with a heavy spoon. Be careful, you might get burnt! It starts crystallizing and you get more and more maple sugar. Keep stirring until it lightens up and looks like sugar 🙂

Pour the sugar through a strainer. Keep the big pieces for candy or grind them up in a blender. Use the smaller pieces for tea or cookies!

Here are the pictures so you can see how it looks as it changes.