Our maple trees share their sweet maple sap. Slowly, slowly, our sap buckets fill. First with a soft echoing metallic 'ping...ping', then 'plop...plops' as sweet drips drop into pools of rising sap.
By each evening, the sap buckets are full. The maple sap from each bucket is emptied. It will be stored for a week, until we have gathered enough maple sap to make maple syrup. We need to harvest 40 gallons of maple sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.
Sweet sap is often tempting to little tasters.
The sap buckets are hung back on the tree. The 'ping...ping' begins again. Our maple sap buckets are filled and emptied each evening for a week. Others collect their maple sap for a few weeks for a larger maple sap harvest.
Maple sap is boiled over a wood fire until much of the water is evaporated. Our smokehouse does double-duty as our maple sugaring house. The sap slowly turns dark as it is ladled from the pan on the right to where it has become syrup on the left. As the syrup evaporates and becomes more concentrated, more sap from the right pan is added to the left pan. Our syrup takes around 30 hours of fire-tending to evaporate before it will be poured in jars that will hold this liquid gold.
In case you missed it: maple sugaring! step 1: collecting maple syrup.
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Maple syrup recipes! Try our all-natural recipes for pure maple caramel corn, maple whipped cream, and simple cinnamon maple butter. Top our recipe for fluffy whole wheat buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup too.
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