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Maple sugaring on the Frank H. Shurtleff farm in North Bridgewater, Vt. in April, 1940.

Eight Historic New England Maple Syrup Recipes

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There is no shortage of historic New England maple syrup recipes. Maple syrup has been around as long as New England.

Maple sugaring on the Frank H. Shurtleff farm in North Bridgewater, Vt. in April, 1940.

Maple sugaring on the Frank H. Shurtleff farm in North Bridgewater, Vt. in April, 1940.

already a memberThe native Americans first instructed the colonists in how to tap maple trees for sap and concentrate it into syrup — either by heating it or letting it freeze and skimming off a layer of ice.

Over the generations, it’s been used as the basis for beer, as a sweetener, as a register nowtopping and even as a protest (abolitionists preferred it because sugar of the day was produced with slave labor). And since now is the season for making this New England staple, we rounded up eight terrific historic recipes for the sticky stuff.

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Molly Landrigan
Molly Landrigan April 13, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Great recipes! Thanks. There’s just no substitution for “real” maple syrup!

Joseph Ledoux May 13, 2014 - 6:13 pm

There appear to be better methods today that could transform our Maple syrup industry in New England. http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&storyID=17209

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