Friday, March 28, 2014
Homemade Maple Syrup from our Front Yard Tree
Either way, I've always wanted to make my own maple syrup and began tapping trees in our yard years ago, but without proper knowledge of the process, never followed through. This year is different!
Did you know you can tap any broadleaf tree and turn the sap into syrup? Not all syrups will taste as yummy as Maple Syrup or produce as much sap, but you never know if you will like it until you try. We are very lucky that we have 2 Sugar Maple trees in our front yard. Sugar Maples have the most sugar content and sap flows rather freely when the nights are below freezing and the days are warmer.
I had my husband drill a hole in the two trees. In one, I put a tap that I purchased online and the other I put a silicone tube in with the ends of both inserted into clean gallon jugs.
Each tree on a warm day has been producing about 2 gallons. 2 gallons of sap makes almost 8 oz of syrup.
Cool the syrup a little and then filter it again through a funnel with a coffee filter. It will not go through quickly and you don't want to rush it or the product will be cloudy and full of sugar sand.
Voila!!! You have delicious pure maple syrup that you made yourself!
There is a lot of steam when you boil the sap, which is why most people prefer to begin the process outside.
Also, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup