Making Sugar in the Early 1800s

Making Sugar in the Early 1800s

Did you know … by Sandra Merville Hart Maple or sugar trees provided sugar for early pioneers in the early 1800s. Sugar Camps They built log huts called Sugar Camps near maple trees. Neighborhood camps were often built near each other to allow friends to talk during the long process. Sap boiled in iron kettles Pioneers collected gallons of sap. They boiled the collected sap, or “sugar water,” in iron kettles. The children loved it, because it often continued all night. They played with children from neighboring camps while the sap boiled down. Sap made several forms of sugar Sap first made a waxy form of sugar and many people ate it that way. It granulated, or became like the little crystals you see in the sugar bowl, when it boiled longer. Sap...

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