Maple sugar was introduced to the early pioneers by Native Americans who had been producing maple sugar for generations. Today, the vast majority of maple sap is consumed as maple syrup. But in the early settler days, cake sugar was most popular since it was easy to store, carry and trade. The early settlers used an axe to cut a v-shape in the tree and used their buckets to capture the running sap. Once the sap was collected, it would be boiled in iron kettles hanging over fires to evaporate the water. When the syrup was thick enough, it would be stirred until it crystallized and then poured into wooden molds. The maple sugar could then be used later in the year.
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