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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Sugar Kettles

Sugar Kettle from Haiti
Found scattered in the gardens of Louisiana Plantations are large metal sugar kettles. These sugar kettles were once used to boil the sugar cane in order to extract sugar syrup. After the sugar was boiled (starting in a 500 gallon kettle) it was skimmed and then moved to a smaller container. One plantation owner at The Laura, told us that the kettles were originally purchased from Haiti, once a colony of France, but in later years they had to learn how to mold the kettles themselves. The later versions have a wider lip on the top (see pictures below).


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