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Ah, sweetest taste of Spring – Fresh Maple Syrup!

7 Apr

by Diva Karen
Saturday was the perfect day to take a trip ’round Huron County to pick up some fresh, organic maple syrup.  I visited Robinson’s Maple Products in St. Augustine and learned all about modern maple syrup production.  With 20,000 trees in five separate bushes, Bill and Susanne have built a business that provides fresh organic products not only to much of southwestern Ontario, but also to a large market in Japan and emerging markets in China and the Ukraine.

Read the full story at HERE at www.tasteofhuron.ca.

This equipment, called a PIG (it looks like one, eh?) churns thickened syrup for smooth creamy maple butter.

This equipment, called a PIG (it looks like one, eh?) churns thickened syrup for smooth creamy maple butter.

Saps contains 2% sugar,  After processing through this Reverse Osmosis System it's at 16%.

Saps contains 2% sugar, After processing through this Reverse Osmosis System it’s at 16%.

Holding tank on the second floor for the 16% concentrate … will flow down to the evaporator

Holding tank on the second floor for the 16% concentrate … will flow down to the evaporator

Evaporator on the left side uses steam coils to boil down the sap to 66.5 degrees Brix*

Evaporator on the left side uses steam coils to boil down the sap to 66.5 degrees Brix*

This filtering system removes the impurities

This filtering system removes the impurities

Dinner on Saturday night included Tangy Maple Meatballs – a recipe that Suzanne shared with us.

Tangy Maple Meatballs (Recipe below)

Tangy Maple Meatballs (Recipe below)

Robinson Maple Products
84548 St. Augustine Line
Auburn, ON  N0M 1E0
Phone:  519-527-7857
www.robinsonmaple.com

SUZANNE’S TANGY MAPLE MEATBALLS

Meatballs
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 egg
2 tbsp dried parsley flakes
1 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 350.  Combined above ingredients and form into 1 1/2″ balls.  Please in 8″ square pan, bake for 20 minutes.

Sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp vinegar
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 c water

Combine cornstarch, mustard and salt in small saucepan.  Gradually stir in vinegar, maple syrup and water.  Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.  Drain fat from the meatballs, pour sauce over meatballs.  Bake 20 minutes.

 

A DIFFERENT WAY OF COLLECTION
While the Robinson’s operation is automated – sap is suctioned via vacuum on those blue plastic lines strung through the bush the local Amish were tapping trees along the roadside and rather than the traditional pails (shown in last year’s story HERE), they’re using Wine Skins as shown in the photo below.

Amish in the area are using WineSkins for sap collection.

Amish in the area are using WineSkins for sap collection.

 

*Degrees Brix (symbol °Bx) is the sugar content of an aqueous solution.  One degree Brix is 1 gram of sucrose in 100 grams of solution  and represents the strength of the solution as percentage by weight (% w/w). If the solution contains dissolved solids other than pure sucrose, then the °Bx only approximates the dissolved solid content.

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Skating on Lake Wawanosh

16 Dec
Outdoor  Skating is a great winter activity in Huron County

Outdoor Skating is a great winter activity in Huron County

by Diva Sophie Jefferson
Sometimes, weather systems come together to create the perfect conditions to freeze a body of water so that it is as smooth as glass and only slightly covered in snow.  Last week those systems aligned and my mom emailed me to remind me to bring my skates home – Lake Wawanosh was frozen and the skating was good.

On Saturday we layered up and loaded in the van to head over to Lake Wawanosh, aka Man Made Lake, which is located on Creek Line between Belgrave and Belfast roads.  We had packed a chair to serve as a dressing room and shovels to act as Zambonis.   After everyone had laced up and taken a few turns shoveling, we had cleared an area large enough to have some fun.  In the past we have created figure eights, wagon wheels and other designs to skate on, but this time we went for the rectangle in case we could get enough players together for a West Wawanosh Classic game on Sunday.  The trees sheltered us from some of the wind and my sister, brother, mother and I had a great afternoon at the lake, skating free style through the snow and in endless circles of our cleared patch.

Winter came early and  Lake Wawanosh is frozen over.

Winter came early and Lake Wawanosh is frozen over.

If you are going to do some pond skating this winter, check out this page on the Red Cross’s website-http://www.redcross.ca/what-we-do/swimming-and-water-safety/swimming-boating-and-water-safety-tips/ice-safety .  Don’t forget to bring safety equipment-even a hockey stick can make a useful rescue tool.  Keep in mind that it may be safer to skate on ice created in low lying areas of fields after a thaw than on deeper bodies of water.