03-05-2013, 01:40 PM
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It's that time of the season in SE NH - Sugaring time!

Sugaring is what the locals call making maple syrup. Sugaring time is late winter or early spring. it requires daytime temps above 40F and night time temps below freezing. This causes the sap to run in the sugar maple trees. The season is highly variable in duration and timing. We have done this for 11 years now and our production has ranged from a low of 16 oz to a high of 96 oz.

You drill a hole in a sugar maple, insert a tap or spile and hang a bucket to collect the sap.

I tapped our 5 sugar maples on Saturday March 2. This is the maple by the mail box. It is the only one that is easy to get to. The rest are in the woods.
   

None of the taps were running on Sunday. But yesterday and today I was able to collect. So far I have 8 gallons of sap. I pour the sap from the collection buckets into a 5 gallon bucket.

Then I put the 5 gallon buckets into "cold storage" until the weekend.
   

To make maple syrup you simply boil the sap until most of the water is evaporated. Typically it takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.

We boild down over an open fire using lasagna pans. Not very efficient but we have fun. Quality family time and some time outside to fight cabin fever.

I'll post pics of the process as we do it.

Phil

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 03-05-2013, 01:47 PM
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Terrific, Phil! Okay, so who makes the pancakes in your house? Wink

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 03-05-2013, 01:51 PM
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That's great. I'm looking forward to the progress reports.

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 03-05-2013, 03:10 PM
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Nice! Is it sweet before you get rid of all the water?

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 03-05-2013, 03:26 PM
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As a former New Englander, this is definitely one of the things I miss about living up there.

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 03-05-2013, 03:37 PM
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Great to see that you are doing this, Phil.
Maple syrup is a wonderful treat. We have possibly the best up here in Quebec.

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 03-05-2013, 03:50 PM
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So, that's what spring looks like in NH.

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 03-05-2013, 04:22 PM
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(03-05-2013, 03:50 PM)Johnny Wrote: So, that's what spring looks like in NH.

Yup, about the same as northern Wisconsin. Tongue

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 03-05-2013, 04:32 PM
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(03-05-2013, 04:22 PM)freddy Wrote:
(03-05-2013, 03:50 PM)Johnny Wrote: So, that's what spring looks like in NH.

Yup, about the same as northern Wisconsin. Tongue

What's all that white stuff on the ground? Huh

Tongue

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 03-05-2013, 04:41 PM
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40 gallons to make 1 gallon of syrup. THAT is why it's so expensive! Wow! But it is so good!

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 03-05-2013, 05:29 PM
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Very cool. Keep us posted. Thanks for sharing.

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 03-06-2013, 11:45 AM
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Hi Phil

That is seriously cool...

I look forward to seeing how much sap you end up collecting, then seeing some photos showing the process you go through to end up with Maple Syrup.

Take care, Mike

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 03-06-2013, 11:55 AM
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(03-06-2013, 11:45 AM)mikeperry Wrote: Hi Phil

That is seriously cool...

I look forward to seeing how much sap you end up collecting, then seeing some photos showing the process you go through to end up with Maple Syrup.

Take care, Mike

Mike, I can see your wheels turning already but I don't think Missouri is exactly known as a hotbed of maple syrup production. Laughing1 (Of course, if anyone could pull it off, it would be you. Thumbsup)

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 03-06-2013, 12:16 PM
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(03-06-2013, 11:55 AM)freddy Wrote: Mike, I can see your wheels turning already but I don't think Missouri is exactly known as a hotbed of maple syrup production. Laughing1 (Of course, if anyone could pull it off, it would be you. Thumbsup)

Hi Freddy

Those wheels are loud and very! slow Biggrin

Missouri might surprise you Tongue

Two Saturday's ago (23rd Feb) I couldn't attend a (Sugar) Maple tapping workshop put on by University of Missouri Extension (if my memory serves me correctly) because I had family commitments that day...

Also Maple Sugaring via Missouri Department of Conservation

Take care, Mike

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 03-06-2013, 01:35 PM
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(03-06-2013, 12:16 PM)mikeperry Wrote:
(03-06-2013, 11:55 AM)freddy Wrote: Mike, I can see your wheels turning already but I don't think Missouri is exactly known as a hotbed of maple syrup production. Laughing1 (Of course, if anyone could pull it off, it would be you. Thumbsup)

Hi Freddy

Those wheels are loud and very! slow Biggrin

Missouri might surprise you Tongue

Two Saturday's ago (23rd Feb) I couldn't attend a (Sugar) Maple tapping workshop put on by University of Missouri Extension (if my memory serves me correctly) because I had family commitments that day...

Also Maple Sugaring via Missouri Department of Conservation

Take care, Mike

Mike, I should have known! Tongue

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 03-06-2013, 06:26 PM
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I don't do sugaring myself, but many around here do. I trade some honey for maple syrup and then continue the cooking down process to end up with maple sugar. Goes nicely as a sweetener and flavoring in a winter cup of tea. If you get the chance, try some maple syrup drizzled over icecream and sprinkled with nuts. YUMMMMMMMMMM! Great summer evening stuff!

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