Raking up the fallen leaves in the Fall is a surefire way to clean out your sinuses. I had never tasted anything as good as the syrup that came out of the farm’s vintage sugar shed, but I think the experience of making that syrup was far memorable. I am doing it. It’s just … plastic doesn’t seem very pioneerey. At least not until I can get my hands on a electric juicer. Gorosoe, which translates to “The tree that is good for the bones,” is the most commonly tapped maple tree in Korea. Well I don’t know why this has captured my imaginastion but it has- just finished ordering the taps etc. I put the grated bits in the cheese cloth that was draped over the colander that was on the pot. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I washed the apples and then I grated them. Plus after 3-4 weeks the hole you drilled into the tree will start to scab up and close over. Err, Karen, could you BE any more Canadian? Think you should run a weekly post titled “I’d Tap That” – think of the possibilities……. Maplewood State Park had collected 860 gallons of sap as of April 6 and hopes to surpass 1,200 gallons this season. Black maples tend to have leaves with three major lobes, while leaves from sugar maples have five lobes. Change ). You can also get permission to use trees for sugaring from your neighbors or in a local park. Copyright © 2020 The Art of Doing Stuff. Walnut comes to mind in this question…. “You might not have enough sap to make syrup,” Visser says. Have always wanted to do this. "If we wanted to have an educational program, and maple syrup, we needed to tap the trees," said Hanson. In other news, since you’re about to find yourself in an abundance of maple syrup, have you seen this? Thank you for choosing this service. I want to make my own maple syrup!!! You can also get taps at farm stores, some hardware stores and sometimes sugar bushes in your area will have some for sale. What kind of Canadian are you? You can get these amazing kits! That’s funny. Have a Maple Tree? This is so cool! It has been consumed for many centuries in North America. Sap buckets are usually made of plastic now. If you are fortunate to have access to any of the aforementioned trees – and the trees are healthy – explore the traditional art of sugar production by learning and participating in this beautiful craft. According to the New York Times , Korean people are said to go on sap drinking binges, consuming literally gallons in a day in a … Thank you Alicia! Last year, in the United States, more than 4 million gallons of maple syrup was produced. Tap and taste would be my advise. I’m going to find the supplies and I may or may not tell my father in law what I am up to with his huge maple. Carefully remove the lids and place them on top of the jars. You can make it easier on yourself by buying an entire. These are the walnuts commonly eaten and purchased from supermarkets. Last year, she kept most of her sap to herself while the younger trees gave generously. Drill your hole on a slightly upward angle. But for now, if you have a maple tree or access to one, you only need a few things to tap your tree. Required fields are marked *. Growing up on a farm in north central Pennsylvania, we had bunches of beautiful maples that we tapped every year. Ironwood, hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) There is error while submitting your request. The paper birch has a lower sugar content than sugar maple (less than 1%), but is the sweetest of the birch trees. I just HAVE to! And this continuous flow evaporator regulates the level of liquid in the back of the pan," Hanson said, showing attendees during the demonstration in the "Sugar Shack" where the sap is boiled down into syrup. Butternut, white walnut (Juglans cinerea) Nice post Karen and great photos :) And it did. Or it could be more expansive, spread across many acres (as is the case with Visser). Not that I’m anti-plastic, it has many uses and is recyclable. When I trim the tree, I put the branches out in the driveway with a sign that says they are free for the taking, make sure you wash them and lay them out to dry, and use about 1/4-1/3 of what you’d usually use in a recipe. And based on the zillions of blasted saplings we (I) yank out of the gardens each year, I am inclined to agree. These trees are found primarily throughout the Rocky Mountain states. Just a bucket or a bottle and a rubber tube (approved for food). Rocky Mountain maple (Acer glabrum) it’s bad! ~ k! Once the tree starts to go into bud you can’t tap your trees anymore, the syrup this late sap makes will be bitter. I had planned to use the syrup as a substitute whenever a recipe asked for corn syrup or honey, but since I got so little of it, I will reserve it for pancakes and waffles. Today, an elaborate system of tubing along a downhill slope is how Maplewood State Park gathers sap to make syrup. You’ll need many liters of sap to make just a liter of syrup, but I’m sure you’re ready for the challenge. Thank you Karen! I live in Texas and we don’t have maple trees. →Like to Sweat, Swear and do Stuff? But most of all, there’s something so wonderful about looking at a maple tree from your kitchen window in the deepest winter, and knowing that soon you’ll have your first taste of spring. Your email address will not be published. English walnut (Juglans regia) It’s that whole 40 – 1 ratio I guess. Second, don't reduce the juice quite as far as I did. this remain me the deshydric fruit. I’m all out of puppies, but I think I might have some frozen calamari somewhere. I washed my old buckets with hot water and soap, sprayed them with a bleach and water mixture, let them stand … and then washed them again. I gotta say, those buckets looked so gorgeous hanging on the tree, I was thinking….thinking….how about hanging potting buckets in the spring with succulents and ivy, and puuurty spring flowers? Funny post too, you know you’re good when you get ME to smile at 8am! Butternut, white walnut (Juglans cinerea) The butternut produces a sap that yields roughly 2% sugar – similar to sugar maples. When one bottle is full of sap you just switch it for a new one! You can also bottle your syrup to make it shelf stable. In order of preference: Sugar maples, black maples, red maples, silver maples and birch trees all have sap that can become sweet pure syrup. Nasty stuff! Don’t wanna sound too “sappy” but I sure hope you win that “homie” cuz you provide us all with incredible information that gives the rest of the world an idea of what it means to be Canadian. Apple trees tent to produce a lot of apples. GET MY POSTS emailed to you 3 times a week←. So I grated the apples. There are two main concerns here: Tree health. … THAT is the exact number of times I’ve stood at the base of my maple tree swearing at it until a molar exploded out of my head. She and I agreed that turning sap to syrup is a kind of alchemy. Sap will come out of the  hole immediately if you’re drilling later in the season but it’s BEST to drill a day or two prior to when you think sap will run so you have a clean hole. You don’t want to hammer it in so hard it splits the bark. It looks good. Towards the end the syrup will turn a darker shade of brown and you will need to keep a close eye on it to keep in from burning. I’m pretty excited about the tree tapping too ~ karen! How’s that for pressure? I don’t find it hard work … just lengthy. Like red maples, silver maples bud out earlier in the spring and have a lower sugar content than sugar maples (1.7% compared to 2.0%). ~ karen. Romantic visions of a Renaissance Woman indeed! And that’s not “sugar” coated….it’s for real…..we all love your posts. To cut down on niter, filter your sap halfway through cooking (or when the sap starts to turn amber) and then again when your syrup is finished using food-approved filters. The boiling took close to three hours. Now… before we get started, I’m wondering if you’re the kind of person who would rather watch a video than read a blog post. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. Visser says as long as you keep the sap cold—setting the bucket in the snow will suffice—it will keep for a week or so, and then you can boil it all at once. A few inexpensive supplies are all you need to get started with sugaring. The difference is the sugar maple and the black maple both have higher sugar content in their sap, so they take slightly less sap to make syrup. Lastly, thought the syrup has a lovely flavour, it is very tart. Canyon maple, big tooth maple (Acer grandidentatum) Lynne xx. Karen theres alot worse things then channeling Laura Ingalls! This article originally appeared in the January/February 2020 issue of Hobby Farms magazine. Feel free to offer any tips or advice. Although the sugar maple has the highest sugar content, any maple tree will produce sap for syrup. The metal spile and buckets etc. Gray birch is more of a shrub than a tree, but may be tapped if it grows large enough. Which is as good as you can get w/out being a Sugar. Sap yields from red maples are generally lower than those from sugar maples, although some tapping operations utilize only red maples. They’re not recommended as a first choice for sugar production, although maple producers in the Canadian prairies rely almost exclusively on boxelders for their sap. “Some years will be particularly bad for niter, but no one really knows why.”. Loved the pic of the drop of goodness falling into your pail and love your posts. Lynn – I must admit. Bob Hanson previously served as the Maplewood State Park manager for 32 years and was a part of starting the program. For one thing, you’ll lose sap out of the split and for another you’ll never be able to get the tap out. Here are a few pics http://www.arktisetaromit.fi/nettilehti/artikkeli.php?aid=74&lid=10 Store collected sap in cool area for up to one week. If that’s you, check out this recent video I created. Forty gallons yields 1 gallon of syrup, so a 5-gallon bucket should give you around two cups of syrup. Yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) Ab. And, as this list suggests, the black birch can be tapped. Choose trees that leaf out well in summer, without many leafless, dead branches. When all the apples were grated I folded the cheese cloth over the top. Drill a hole in your tree with a 7/16ths drill bit at a slightly upward angle. The apples have, in my opinion, a weird mouth feel. :D, Thanks Anna! I cut a small “X” on one side of the jug and hook it over the tap. 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