Maple syrup

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    IMG_3536.JPG Well trying something new this year,making my own syrup. Starting with the four in my yard. I am getting 4 gallons a day. We may go back to the woods an tap some trees also. Have the supplies just need to build an evaporator,planning on using a barrel for this and some food service pans. My kids are enjoying checking how much sap we get. Just a small family project.
     
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    Keep us posted. The wife wants to try this so any information would be appreciated.
     
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    Good luck I tried it once and I did not get much and this year in CT we are off to a slow start.
     
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    Using milk jugs to collect in then food grade buckets to store in. The spile is a 3/8 brass barbed tee with a dowel rod shoved in top this helps hold the wire on milk jug handle then clear tubing from spile in to jug. Used a 5/16 bit to drill hole on south side of tree between a major root an lim.
     
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    Well turning colder here in nw ohio sap has slowed down to about a gallon a day, going to leave them out till we get enough, my 9 year old loves checking them with dad after school.


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    Well finally got a chance to boil some sap today after work, boiled down about 12 gallons of sap to little over a pint. My kids are loving learning about it.


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    Sap really ran good yesterday got 13 gallons off 5 trees
     
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    In Central NY, it seems like the sap ran better in March... warm days, cold nights seemed to be the stimulus. Sounds like you caught the wave during a "January Thaw". Might have better luck in a month.

    My cousin ran a pretty big syrup operation back in the early 80s. Had hundreds of trees on a hillside tapped into tubing (no buckets!) that ran into holding tanks. We only collected from buckets on the flat land. Used to spend a day with him if it coincided with Spring Break, helping run the evaporator (which for me mostly meant schlepping wood and keeping the fire up while he watched the flow of sap), and collecting sap from the buckets. At least we had a tractor to haul it with... two 50-gallon drums on a platform, going down the rows of trees. My "pay" was a half gallon of syrup. Expensive stuff.

    Glad your kids are getting to see where it comes from, how much work it takes, and how good it tastes compared to the cheap store-bought stuff.
     
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    Well in todays the kids and i collected 26 gallons of sap, now to get a chance to boil. Had a little free time today and prepared a 35 gallon barrel to store sap in.
     
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    Nice family project. Keep us posted on your sugaring season.

    I've known of a guy that did it very small scale for personal use. Boiled it down in a large pot outdoors under a small shelter.

    In Ct the weather has been warm/cold days and I was curious if the flow will start again after a cold spell like we have now. U2
     
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    Fun stuff. Sap will be running here soon too. The sap by itself is very good to drink. Tastes great and is loaded with trace minerals. In Asia, the sap is very expensive and is sold bottled for drinking.
     
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    IMG_3571.JPG A new addition to our syrup operation 35 gallon barrel with a spigot added to it, total cost $15.00
     
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    IMG_3570.JPG Sap boiling away, been running good, have a gallon of syrup done so far and more coming. My kids are still enjoying it so going to keep it going.
     
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    It's more fun than watching paint dry but not a lot faster. My total respect to anyone selling it at whatever price they can get. Good thing pancakes are cheap to make because a whole lot of labor goes into baptizing them properly(I mean immersion, not sprinkling).
     
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    I am not that good at making it but I am very good at eating it. Luckily we have a maker across town that has been keeping us supplied for years.
     
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    My 16 year old is in vo ag at school an going to turn our fuel oil tank into an evaperater
     
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    Very nice! When I was younger my school took us to a farm that did this; I do not know for certain but believe this is the farm: Newman Family Farm & Maple Syrup
    I have been thinking about doing something similar at home, but like most things. . . . I want to do a lot, but somehow there are only 24 hours in every day. Go figure!!!

    How does it taste?
     
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    It has adeeper richer maple flaver with a hint of wood smoke alot better than store bought, yum
     
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    Sounds very very good. Hope that you and your family enjoy; making a lot of memories right there.
     
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    Well up to two gallons of syrup now. The wife and kids say keep going. Guess i really started something, lol.May be going back to our woods next year.
     
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    Absolutely!!! The link that I shared with you of the farm use to make a maple syrup candy that would harden. I remember them telling us at the time that the Indians use to put pieces of this in their packs and would carve off a layer from time to time, and that the recipe was very old. I have no idea how true any of that story is, but remember them telling us group of kids that. lol
     
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    IMG_3583.JPG Some of today's work
     
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    Well pulled taps yesterday the buds are opening. Ended up with 2.5 gallons of syrup. We learned a lot, the kids had a great time and the wife was even getting into it. Planning on going to our woods next year.
     
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    I have been wanting to try this as well. We have quite a bit of maples around our farm. Need to mark them in the woods thought so I tap the right ones. Hehe. Cooking it down seems like the difficult part. We need to start making it though because we by local Maple syrup and it is about $10 for a pint. Getting too expensive to buy.
     
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    Boiling down is not hard just time consuming.
     
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    My new taps should be here next week. I'm hoping we didn't miss the good run days already.

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    Just made some myself though I left mine a little thinner. Looks like your doing great :35:
     
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    Well its official will be doing more trees next season. My wife made hotcakes tonight and our syrup was a hit, my youngest asked if we vould do more next season and everyone agreed.
     
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    That's fantastic! Perhaps I will get the Mrs and my little one interested in this.
     
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    I posted recipes for maple candy and maple spread a long time ago. I'll try to find them in the food area and bump them...

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    Wow, how did I miss this thread!! Family making syrup is good stuff. At my old property I had sugar maples. You seem to have figured a lot out. Best advice is small batches if you're using a food service pan. I tried to do 40 gallons and it took 14 hours! Also, don't "store" sap very long if you can avoid it. If you can keep it in a cool shaded place it helps but warm temps can cause it to spoil if it sits too long. The faster you can process it the better it tastes!!
     
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    Well baught five sugar maple trees an planted them around the property, i may never get to tap them but witch ever kid i leave our home to will be able to
     
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    That's great! wonderful family project.
    My sister and brother-in-law hook us up with a quart each year.
    nothing better than fresh maple syrup!
     
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    Nectar of the Gods right there!

    My Dad made it every year for about 20 years after he retired, just as a hobby, made about 5 gal a year. My brother worked in aa steel fab shop and made a wood stove 2'W X 3' L with no top, had a stainless pan welded up 2' X 3' that sat on top becoming the top of the stove.

    Cook a batch a little to far and it turns into a thick sugary mess that is awesome on oatmeal or ice cream!

    Have fun!:dblthumb:
     
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    Awesome!!! We have a friend of our family that runs a small operation. We got to take a tour of his sugar house this year and watch him run the last load of sap through the evaporator. Amazing process to watch. At the end of the run, his wife served us some vanilla ice cream with some of the syrup drizzled on top. It is great to see where maple syrup comes from and the work involved to make it.
     

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