Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Maple Sugaring...

I found out that you can tap a silver maple tree for sap to make maple syrup.  What I had always heard is that you had to have a Sugar Maple tree.  Not so!!  There are many trees that can be tapped in the winter/spring that will give wonderful sap that can be processed into delicious syrup.  Thanks to the internet,  I found this out at almost the end of the season and I didn't know if it would even work.  As you can see in the picture below, it did indeed, work! I ended up getting about 10 half pints of syrup!  It is still flowing somewhat,  but not enough to process now.  I will probably take the taps out soon and plug up the holes that I drilled.  I have also read that you can drink the sap as a '"spring tonic".  I haven't tried that yet...maybe at some point.

 Here is the tree that I tapped.  As you can see,  it is a very large tree.  I bought two taps but could have used 3 on it.  When the sap was flowing freely,  I was getting about 2 to 4 gallons a day.  It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.  And it takes a whole day to cook it down.

Here is a picture of my set up...

This is the tree that grew up on it's own... I had to have part of the trunk cut off a few years ago because it was pushing against the shed roof.   

A close up of the sap in the milk jugs,  
it looks just like water.

This project was a lot of fun.  I hope to start a little earlier next year.  I would like to make enough to supply the whole family.  They will only get one jar each this time... lol

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean


Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

I did not know that. I just thought you could get syrup from one type of tree. You never stop learning new things.

Lady Jane said...

I bet this was a lot of fun and such a great learning experience. You never seize to amaze me girl!!! Have a great Easter. Love ya, LJ

Mildred said...

Oh how fun! Very interesting and I know your family will appreciate your hard work!

Happy Easter Jean!