Only kind i can eat..
Its is fairly easy.
Pound a hollow metal spike into a maple, hang a bucket on it, and let it fill.
Strain it and cook it down.
Strain it again. Presto...maple syrup!
Takes 30 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup.
All i need for a gift or two and myself for a year....
Great in coffee, too
Be aware, no fizz.
It looks reall cool, but I've never done it. Does it have to be "Sugar Maple" trees?
Oh, yes. The others boil down bitter.
The sugar maples are only good before they bud. The sap gets bitter then too.
Temps have to be below freezing at night and above freezing in the day for a proper flow.
It is a fun little project.
Many here rely on it for a portion of income.
Man, 30 gal to get 1 gal sounds like a bad return. How many can you get from 1 tree?
Depends on the tree. I have a few that are very large.
One year, i got the whole thirty from 2
trees in just a couple of days.
I havent done it in about 5 years.
Feel like it is time to do it again.
Good luck!! It sounds like a great project.
Thank you will. I will let you know how it goes....
I went on a school trip where they showed us how to make it...:)
Pretty easy, no?
Yes. Such a wonderful place to find a treat!
Well, i used to mix sugar with hot water and flavor it with Kool-Aid to make snow cone syrup. It was ok until the snow cone machine stopped working and I couldn't figure out how to fix it.
BTW maple syrup is so good because a TBSP of syrup contains MORE than a TBSP of sugar!