Maple Syrup

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We tapped 8 trees this year.

We had some warm days and actually had enough sap to make some maple syrup.

I’m praying it warms up soon and we get a lot more sap!

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Anyway, we cooked down what sap we did get during a the few warm days we had.

This is after I brought the sap into the house after cooking outside in the turkey fryer for some 18+ hours.

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Getting bubbly here.

I had the candy thermometer in at this point.

To get maple syrup, the temperature has to be 219* F

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This year we decided to strain the sap a little before it started thickening up.

Lots of minerals and stuff from the trees, as you can see.

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Here it is after the straining and before the final boiling.

DSC_8647This first batch of maple syrup ended up being just a tad over 16 oz.

It’s such a neat thing to be able to do each year.

You just can’t be sure what the weather will be! :)

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2 thoughts on “Maple Syrup

  1. Thanks, Robin! :) It’s fun to try new things. I’ve obviously not been blogging much this year. We did get around 3 gallons of syrup this year. The last batch isn’t that great though. It’s a little more sour because it was end of the season and started warming up. That will be turned into candy most likely. :) It’s not as sweet and turns more caramel-like (in a good way).

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