Monday Story: Sap into Syrup

I can now look at my maple trees and say, “I tapped that.”

We drilled spouts into four of our silver maple trees and obtained approximately sixteen gallons of sap, and it took more than 15 hours to boil it down to pure syrup. When the process was complete, we were left with almost four pints of syrup. Sure its time consuming, but it’s the sweetest syrup I have ever tasted. It can be used on pancakes, or used as a sweetener in coffee or tea.

Here’s a picture overview of our process:

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Spouts pour sap into the hanging milk jugs.
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Boiling the water out of the sap.
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Finishing the sap on the stove. It changes color as it gets closer to being done.
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Our very own maple syrup in ball jars.