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Subject: Boiling down maple sap faster?

Date: Tue Feb 24 11:34:15 1998
Posted by Andrew Kadish
Grade level: 10-12
School: Cape Elizabeth High School
City: Cape Elizabeth State/Province: ME
Country: USA
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 888341655.Ch

I have recently harvested a good amount of maple sap and am in the 
process of boiling it down.  All the resources that I have looked into 
have told me that it should take about 3-4 hours untill complete 
reduction.  Despite the constant boiling, it has been taking me much 
longer to reduce than I would like(5-6 hours) and was wondering if 
there was anything that could be done to speed up the process.  Is 
there anything that I could add to the boil that would not effect the 
flavor?  My elevation is only a hundred feet or so above sea-level.  
PLEASE HELP ME!  My mother is getting rather upset at my constant use 
of the stove and I fear for my freedom.  (I guess some people just 
don't realize the true virtue of real maple syrup.)

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