Making maple syrup can be a very easy, fun, and rewarding activity the entire family can enjoy. All you need are a few maple trees, some basic simple equipment, and the will power to put in the effort making maple syrup for yourself. Making maple syrup is as easy as acquiring maple sap and boiling it into syrup.
The process of making maple syrup is an age-old tradition of the North American Indians, where it was used both as a food and often as a medicine. Very little has changed since the American Indian first discovered how to use the sweet sap from a maple tree. Pure Maple Syrup
The process of making maple syrup has not changed in all these years. You boil the sap to remove the water and produce maple syrup.
The trees need to be tapped in the early spring, or late winter months. The sap is then collected and boiled down to make maple syrup. Making 1 gallon of syrup requires boiling down about 40 gallons of sap, which is a slow and labor intensive process. The most important process in making maple syrup is lots of heat.
The groves of maple trees that cover the Northeastern United States and Canada are referred to as the sugarbush, and the process of making maple syrup is called sugaring. Making maple syrup is one of Agriculture’s oldest natural commodities.
The history of Maple Syrup is nearly as old as the land itself. Maple syrup is a true American product, and the art of making maple syrup is generally attributed to Native Americans. The native population of North America was producing maple syrup when Europeans first arrived.
You can make your own maple syrup with very little equipment, and you may already have most of these items. Much of the equipment can be acquired from your local store, and the items that are unique to making maple syrup such as spiles, (spouts) hydrometers, and finishing filters can be found at maple syrup equipment suppliers, or you can find them online.
The fact is most people are unaware of the many different uses of maple syrup, other than the tried and true ‘pancakes and syrup’. Try pure Maple Syrup on ….grapefruit, plain yogurt, winter squash, or sweet potatoes. Use it as a glaze on meat, or poultry and over ice cream for a tasty treat. For a special treat put it in coffee, milk or a milkshake. The uses for maple syrup are never-ending.
Maple syrup is one agricultural crop in which there is no surplus. It is only produced in North America, because Europe does not have the proper weather conditions conducive to producing enough sap. All maple syrup is not created equal, and making maple syrup is a source of pride for many Northeastern States in the US, and most of Canada.
To produce maple cream, sugar, and candy the syrup is boiled even further, and is a natural sweetener that has many health benefits. Pure maple syrup is truly one of the first signs of spring.