|Comparing real and "fake" syrup|
Early spring in New England means maple syrup! We learned about maple syrup making by first reading several books about it. Next, we had a taste test! We had waffles for lunch and tested them with "fake" and real syrup. I really wanted to get a graded sampler like this:
, but I didn't get around to it. However, upon inspecting our bottles, my sister and I discovered that we actually already had different grades, light and dark amber. Since there are only three grades now, that wasn't a bad showing. (There is no grade B--I can only assume we didn't want any syrup to get hurt feelings. :) In all honesty, though, some home boilers preferred B for it's strong flavor, so I guess it deserved a higher rating.)
This was a great opportunity, or so I thought, for graphing the preferences of our taste testers, but I couldn't get my act together and pretty much everyone preferred real, anyway! There was some disagreement about light vs. dark amber, though.
As usual, I had a pinboard full of ideas that I didn't get to use. You can check it out here.
|Everyone got in on the action.|