Making your own maple syrup

Thu. Mar. 22, 2018

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Making your own maple syrup

Making your own maple syrup is a bit of an adventure.   You really want to cook it outside because it’s really sticky as the water evaporates.  You’d have a mess in the kitchen!  The smell of this cooking is fabulous!  Maple, cotton candy and smoke!

Boiling maple syrup

Boiling maple syrup

My ex-husband made his own taps using 3/8 inch pvc pipe 5 inches long.  Tap into a tree with at least a 10 inch diameter up 3 feet from ground level.  Tap at an upward angle.  (By the way, that was my Nesco cooker! ;-))

tree taps and clear tubing

The first time he did it, he used clean gallon water jugs for collecting the sap, he used clear 1/2 inch pvc tubing to connect the tap and the collector bottle by drilling a hole in the center of the cap.  The picture below is after he ordered “official” sap collecting bags.

tapped tree with syrup bag

He used fallen maples branches to build the fire and bricks he had laying around from another project.  He used pallets and an old tarp for a wind break.

syrup windbreak

It took 6 hours to boil down 7 gallons of sap to get 20 ounces of grade A amber syrup.  The best I’ve ever tasted!

Grade A maple syrup

The finished point of maple syrup is when it’s temperature has reached 7 degrees above the temperature of boiling water.  Note:  that varies depending on where you live.

For more complete information check out this article created by the University of Minnesota Extension. 

Roth Sugar Bush carries a variety of equipment.

Honestly… the best maple syrup I’ve ever had!  I buy only real maple syrup, which is not cheap, but well worth it to me… and still the stuff we boiled outside that day was the best!