March 9, 2012 in Michele's Blog
The sap has been flowing quite nicely over the past few weeks and Jon’s new setup has worked SOOO much better than last year’s method. This silver maple however is the only one showing us any love. It was the opposite last year with this tree hardly producing and the other one doing all the work. I’ve been trying to research why some trees may not produce certain years…can you tap the same tree every year?…nothing I researched said otherwise, but still unsure.
We’ve been cooking up 5 gallon batches at a time and so far we’ve canned 4 quarts of syrup which is twice as much as we were able to collect last year with our late start. We may get one or two quarts more but the weather is giving us indicators that it may soon be time to close up shop. The syrup is unlike anything else and well worth the effort. It’s certainly not a difficult process…just a timely one….you simply pour the sap into a pan and boil it down…each of our 5 gallon batches seems to take about 6 hours each time.
Look at how different the coloring of the syrup is from the earlier taps to now. Taste seems to be the same throughout though. Being it’s our second year, we were a bit better with things and I only wish I had more maples to tap!
Did you know you can also tap Birch and Walnut Trees for sap/syrup? I don’t have any birch trees, but we do have a few Walnuts….will have to try it out next year and see what it tastes like.
Fun, Fun, Fun! Yes, indeed.