Three years in a row now we have been tapping the maple trees on our property to produce maple syrup. We do it to get just enough for us and to give a few bottles away. This year started later than usual because of our ridiculously cold weather. It's March and we have had nights close to zero and days barely above 20 degrees. We really need it to be below freezing at night and above freezing during the day to get the sap running. This year we tapped 20 trees and we boiled down approximately 18 gallons. We now have around 50 ounces of yummy maple syrup. Of course this is just the first run and we hope to get a lot more by the end of the season.
First step of course is tapping the trees which then need to be checked on a daily basis.
We fill up a bucket and bring it home to filter it before refrigeration.
Our boiling pan holds 5 gallons of sap so we wait until we have a bunch in the fridge, then the real fun begins.
Once the sap is boiled down we filter again and put in jars to store in the fridge.
The finished product is so yummy, better than anything you can buy at the grocery store.
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