Who doesn’t love Maple Syrup? It’s actually really easy to make. You can buy the taps from your local garden store at about 6 bucks a piece. Locate some maple trees on your property, tap a hole and start collecting sap. I tapped 4 trees and netted about 5 gallons of sap a day. Not bad. You don’t have to have a crazy elaborate setup to enjoy some homemade Mapley goodness. 5 gallons of sap boils down to about a cup of syrup which is plenty for Sunday Morning breakfast. I used a 5 gallon stainless steel pot on a Burner to reduce the sugar water. You have to reduce it in two stages. The first stage takes about 2 and a half hours. You want to boil the sap down to about 3/4 of an inch left in the bottom of the pot. You then remove it from the heat and let it cool. The second reduction is the most important. Strain the sap into a smaller pot using cheesecloth to remove fine particles. You then bring the sap to a boil again. This time you really have to pay attention to the temperature using a cooking thermometer. The magic number you need to hit is 219 degrees Fahrenheit. The sap will quickly get to about 212 degreees the stall out. It takes a while for it to reach 216. Once it does it will start climbing quicker to the magic 219. Let it boil at 219 till it reaches your desired thickness. But be careful, you can go too far and burn up your little science experiment. Yep. It happened to me the first go around. Haha. All part of the fun right? Once it reaches the desired thickness pour it off into a glass jar and let cool. Voila! Awesome fresh no preservative organic maple syrup. You can the use it for your pancakes or....a little secret I’m going to share with you. 50/50 shots of maple syrup and Honey Jack Daniels is amazing. Enjoy! P.S.-The Kabar Dozier is an awesome little Folding Hunter. Great for Field Dressing and really any slicing task. Lightweight and with the Ka-Bar durability you have come to expect. Check our website for more details! Thanks folks!