Maple Syrup Report

In January, we tapped three maple trees at the camp.  We knew this would be an experimental year for us but were optimistic that we would be able to produce some maple syrup for our use.  Thus far in 2017, there have been several days with weather that is conducive to a sap run which is below freezing temperatures at night with above 40 F during the day.

Of the three taps, only one has produced any sap.  After consulting with friends who are more experienced, we learned that some trees produce more than others.  Some trees do not produce at all, and even different locations on the same tree can produce different results.

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One day, we did collect a cup or so of sap; so I decided to boil off the water just to see what the results would be.  After cooking on low for several hours, about a tablespoon of syrup was left.  We all enjoyed tasting a bit of the sweet stuff.  I think I should have removed the pan from the heat sooner, as the syrup was pretty thick.  While we may not end up with much syrup this year, it is fun to realize the potential for producing a valued product.

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4 thoughts on “Maple Syrup Report

  1. Duane is collecting sap from two trees on our lot. He has gotten 4-5 gallons and may get more. I’m not sure how much syrup he has now, but the samples I’ve had were quite tasty. I hope you still get more.

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  2. Stephanie, I remember a few years ago our son and his family tapped some trees and they brought the sap to our home to cook on our coal burning stove. A lot of sap to get a little syrup! It was fun and such a tasty treat.

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