Last weekend we visited the maple farm and I posted about our trip. My daughter left there and said why can’t we do this…we have maple trees all over on our 34 acres. So her and her dad set out on a mission and by gosh they were successful!!
Because we were late in the season starting they tapped the closest tree to our house to see if it would work. Over 2 days they collected 4 quarts of sap. (Reminder it takes 30 to 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup). The tree stopped producing so they decided to make what we had.
Once collected they began the boiling process which took about 2 1/2 hours
we used a white bowl to take samples out while boiling to check the color change and once it hit a light amber and tasted like the sweet syrup we had at the Maple farm we strained it into a mason jar through a cheese cloth (ok it wasn’t really a cheese cloth as I don’t use them when I make my jelly or cranberry sauce instead using cheap pantyhose from the dollar store that have been soaked in hot soapy water, rinsed thoroughly and hung dry!! Works just as well and will save you about $8.00 each time you need it) Trick from my Italian grandmother.
It does not get any better than this!!!! Tomorrow’s breakfast….you guessed it…homemade wheat pancakes and syrup!!! Next year they will get an earlier start on our trees for sure!!