Maple Syrup Production

To Throw or Not Throw Out The Ice

You’re always told by the old timers to just throw out the ice the forms in your sap buckets that you usually find during a cold morning’s collection.

Yet it never fails, someone asks if that’s a good idea and you just parrot what you heard… But is it true? I decided to find out once and for all so I can say with a certainty which it is.

So this morning as I went around to collect my sap, I had a second bucket that I was going to put the ice into, let melt and take a sugar reading.

I let the ice melt and took a reading…

0% sugar

So now I can say for certainty, just toss out the ice and save yourself the boiling time!

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