A Family Farm Album

Farm and Land

A Family Farm Album: Frank Sadorus' Photographs : Farm and Land

Boiling Syrup
GWB boiling maple syrup at sugar shack.
Once the sap was gathered it was boiled down in a kettle or large flat bottom pan over a wood fire to remove the excess water. About thrity-five to fifty gallons of sugar maple sap are needed to produce one gallon of syrup. In the early days, kettles for boiling sap were suspended over fires built in the open. Later, a crude shack or lean-to in the woods was used to protect the syrup from foreign objects and weather.

Collection of the Illinois State Museum
ISM Accession #: 1987.001.094

Boiling Syrup

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