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Anyone dabble in Maple Syrup?

The cool weather the past couple days and some of the leaves beginning to turn has me thinking about tapping season. It will be here before you know it.

I made about a gallon last year, and it's fun.
A lot of work, but fun
Post shtf sugar will be a hard to find item, an eventually what you have stored will get used up.

The syrup can also be rendered into sugar.
Ask me how i knowBlush

After some trial and error I found the easiest method was to let the sap slowly evaporate on my wood stove. After about a week I had enough to cook down. I used a turkey fryer (outside) to finish and got 3pts. So this year i believe I will try it all this way.

Now is a good time to ID and mark the trees for tapping

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I thought this was a spring time thing, when the sap was rising.
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Well more of a late winter thing.
But yes it's early, but I got to thinking that last year i marked my trees before the leaves fell so I knew which were good maples for tapping.

Anyone thinking about it may want to do the same.
Obviously if someone lives on a small lot with a few maples they know where they are.
I have 20 mostly wooded acres.
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The first time we tapped we had a tree that produced a LOT of sap. When the leaves came in, it turned out that it wasn't even a maple.Blush

I don't know what we cooked down but the real maple sap mixed in it was pretty good.

And we didn't dieSmile

I can see why he wants to mark the maple trees now before they lose all of their leaves.

Oh, and good idea cooking it down outside. Ask me how I know.Blush
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kimba;10516 Wrote:The first time we tapped we had a tree that produced a LOT of sap. When the leaves came in, it turned out that it wasn't even a maple.Blush

I don't know what we cooked down but the real maple sap mixed in it was pretty good.

And we didn't dieSmile

I can see why he wants to mark the maple trees now before they lose all of their leaves.

Oh, [b]and good idea cooking it down outside. Ask me how I know.Blush
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I remember that thread...lolBig Grin

I was very aware of it while simmering down the sap on the wood stove. I was sure to keep it from boiling.

Just slowly cooked it as if it were a pot of water left on top.
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Put up a couple test taps today.
Probably a bit early, but the weather looks good today.
Real cold last night, and sunny above freezing temps today, that usually gets the sap flowing.

Going to try to keep this updated.
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I am glad I found this thread. This brings back great memories. While I don't have any maple trees on my small parcel of land, I remember fondly helping my grandfather in upstate NY tap and run lines on his farm to collect sap when I was little.

Thanks for posting this!

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Subbed for updates. Pure maple syrup is my favorite food.

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I think its GREAT although I have never done it..but if I owned a maple, I would! I've always thought it was so cool, ever since I was a kid and read about it in the Laura Ingalls series. :-)

I remember too they used the maple syrup and poured it over snow to make "maple candy" but evidently I've never tried that with pure enough maple syrup because it doesn't work. haha.
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RugerGirl;77761 Wrote:I think its GREAT although I have never done it..but if I owned a maple, I would! I've always thought it was so cool, ever since I was a kid and read about it in the Laura Ingalls series. :-)

I remember too they used the maple syrup and poured it over snow to make "maple candy" but evidently I've never tried that with pure enough maple syrup because it doesn't work. haha.

My girfriends mom said they use to make maple candy that way.
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