Improved technology saves maple syrup producers time, energy

Posted at 5:05 AM, Feb 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 09:43:48-05
UNDERHILL, Vt. (AP) - Maple syrup doesn't get that rich flavor and color in an instant. It's a long process from tree to bottle.
But improved technology could keep maple sugarers from working late into the night boiling sap into syrup.
The new machine removes more water from sap, leaving it with higher sugar content. The concentrated sap takes half the time to boil into syrup.
Dozens of producers in Vermont, New York, Maine and Wisconsin are now using the machines.
A maple farm in New York expects to double its output with a new machine, arriving this week.
But some traditional farmers wonder if faster is better, and the North American Maple Syrup Council is taking a closer look at the advanced technology.

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