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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