To ensure that your maple syrup is the best it can be, filtering out contaminants before packing is critical. Using paper and cloth filters to do so is an acceptable and inexpensive option.
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Many producers use a filter press, which uses a pressure pump to push the syrup through a series of metal plates and frames, separated by single-use pieces of filter paper which capture the particles and result in crystal-clear syrup. For smaller producers, however, using paper and cloth filters and letting gravity pull the syrup through is an acceptable and far less expensive option.
Signed into law in 2011, the final rules of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) took several more years to complete. Now that they have been issued, there are new requirements that may apply to many sugarmakers.
One of the most important skills for sugarmakers to master is knowing when what’s boiling in the evaporator has become syrup. Quality control is key, and packaging syrup too dense or not dense enough will ruin the best of any sugarmaker’s efforts.
One of the most important skills for sugarmakers to master is knowing when what’s boiling in the evaporator has become syrup. This guide to mesuring density explains the tools and techniques for accurate measurement.
When getting ready for maple weekend, or for any time that you’re welcoming customersto your sugarhouse, here are a few things to keep in mind.
The final rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have been issued, after several years of drafts and revisions, and concern about what the new regulations would mean for maple producers. Based on a read of the rules, and a discussion with Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor at the Office of Food Safety of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, for most sugarmakers the impact will be minimal.
The level of invert sugar in maple syrup affects how well it crystalizes when making value added products such as maple candy and cream.
Knowing how to detect and avoid metabolic off-flavors is critical to producing high-quality syrup.
A new grading system standardizes how all maple producing jurisdictions label their syrup.