Tap your own Maple Trees and make your own Maple
We make syrup each year with about 15 maple trees
in our back yard and that gives us over 4 litres (1 gallon of Syrup)
after we boil it down. You can do it even if you have even one
large or a couple of trees at least 10" round.
Basic Steps - Mid February -Mar
- Select Maple Trees:
- This is easier done when leaves are on the tree, then
mark them so you will remember. The Red, Black and
Sugar Maples are the best for tapping.
- As the temperature warms you will notice the Red, Black
and Sugar Maples branches starting to grow and turn red and
buds start to enlarge.
- Get Materials
(one for each hole)
- 7/16 Drill bit and Drill
- Plastic or Metal Pail and a cover
(We recycle large plastic ice cream containers and add a
wire handle. We tried tin plates for lids, but they
did not last after a strong wind, harder plastic lids worked
- Large containers to hold sap until
boiled (water containers 20 liters/5 gallon)
- Tap Trees and start collecting sap:
- Drill holes in tree with
1 1/2 in deep about waist height.
- Hammer spout into hole
- Hang Pail from Spout and Cover
- Gather Sap
- At least once a day (more when cool nights and
warm days) check pails and gather sap from pails. Store in large container in cool/refrigerated
- Stop gathering sap if it is not clear or temperature gets
- Boiling sap to make maple syrup
- Boiling sap will take quite a bit of time as it will reduce
40 to 1, so it is often best out of door is you have much sap.
- Boil in large cast-iron pot over open fire or large flat
metal pan. (We have lately been using the Propane Turkey Fryer
pot it worked quite well.
- Keep at gentle rolling boil, skimming off foam, add more sap
as it boils down.
- When complete the temperature will be 7 degrees F above
normal boiling (watch carefully as the boiling temperature rises
and the sap becomes darker)
- Strain while hot through wool or other filter and bottle in
sterilized bottles while very hot.
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