Maple Cream Shelf Life Extension

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2002: $7,975.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:

Annual Reports


  • Miscellaneous: syrup


  • Crop Production: agroforestry
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, value added
  • Production Systems: general crop production

    Proposal summary:

    Maple cream currently has an unrefrigerated shelf life of less than a month; the shelf life is six months when refrigerated, but this adds to handling and storage costs. The farmer will explore whether improved processing techniques (UV exposure, processing with calcium carbonate, and head flushing with nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and steam) will improve marketability, address spoilage and separation problems, and maintain quality. Results will be shared with maple producers across the region through conferences and by developing written guidelines on manufacturing practices.

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