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Making Maple Syrup May 1, 2013

Posted by heidi skarie in Uncategorized.
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In the spring when the snow is still on the ground, my husband and I like to make maple syrup.  This year spring was late, and we made maple syrup until the end of April.

There was a spring snow storm when we were tapping.

There was a spring snow storm when we were tapping.

Frost on the trees.

Frost on the trees.

First we drill holes in our maple trees, put a spigot in and hang bags.  Then we dump the sap out of the bags into a stainless steel pan and boil it on an outside grill. Next we take the sap inside and cook it down more on a wood stove.  It takes 30 to 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.  Our sap is higher in sugar content than most, so it takes less sap to make maple syrup.

Here is a tapped tree.

Here is a tapped tree.

A snow covered bag.

A snow covered bag.

Sap boiling on the grill.

Sap boiling on the grill

Boiling syrup on the wood stove.

Boiling syrup on the wood stove.

Jim canning the syrup.

Jim canning the syrup.

Canned Maple Syrup.

Canned Maple Syrup.

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1. Laura - May 1, 2013

I’m testifying that this is the BEST maple syrup through all time, space, matter and beyond… which is only fitting for Jim’s FAMOUS waffles… galactic!

2. heidi skarie - May 1, 2013

Jim will be pleased to hear you like his waffles.

3. Ross - May 1, 2013

Thanks for a great article.


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