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When my son was in the third grade we decided on a fun project for his science fair.We made Maple syrup.We read up on the subject and his uncle found the tree taps and the buckets for us. We collecte
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Homemade Maple Syrup.

posted at 12/13/2010 1:50 PM EST
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When my son was in the third grade we decided on a fun project for his science fair.We made Maple syrup.We read up on the subject and his uncle found the tree taps and the buckets for us. We collected sap and cooked it down in a big pot on the stove well that was a big mistake the steam loosened all my wall paper,but we continued on collecting the sap and cooking it down. the damage was already done.It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup.It came to the last batch and it still had a little way to cook before it was done,well I was tired so I decided to lay down and rest.BIG mistake I fell  asleep and the syrup burned ,smoke was bellowing out of the pot,I was choking and my little dog was too.I threw the pot out the front door and needless to say that was the last of our syrup making days.My son did take a first place in his age group,in the science fair.I ended up with 1/2 gallon of syrup and it was very good.So it was a brag and a blooper.Maybe we'll become bee keepers,no I don't think so.

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posted at 12/13/2010 9:31 PM EST
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Oh, Gale - bless your heart!  What a lot of work for you son.

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posted at 12/13/2010 11:34 PM EST
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Wow lots of work for sure but you did end up with some to enjoy. Those memories will last forever.

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posted at 12/15/2010 7:16 PM EST
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Gale, a learning experience for sure! I had to read your discussion because we actually make maple syrup for a living and yes, it is a lot of work. A lot of folks don't realize that it takes 40 gallons of the sap to make a gallon of syrup. But the finished product is worth the work and it is delicious!!! I remember days in the saphouse in the past when the pans would burn because someone fell asleep in the early morning hours as they were boiling the syrup down!
Bees, huh? I'll stick with the maple syrup! Me and bees don't get along!! Wink

Re: Homemade Maple Syrup.

posted at 12/15/2010 9:06 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Homemade Maple Syrup.:
Gale, a learning experience for sure! I had to read your discussion because we actually make maple syrup for a living and yes, it is a lot of work. A lot of folks don't realize that it takes 40 gallons of the sap to make a gallon of syrup. But the finished product is worth the work and it is delicious!!! I remember days in the saphouse in the past when the pans would burn because someone fell asleep in the early morning hours as they were boiling the syrup down! Bees, huh? I'll stick with the maple syrup! Me and bees don't get along!!
Posted by CAROL B


Hi Carol,I have always enjoyed doing things with my boys,We even put in a pond together.The pond was filled in a couple of years ago because I can't do the upkeep on it.A girl that my brother works with told us how to do the maple syrup and I thought that would be a great learning experience for the boys.We collected sap from my brothers trees, he has three,I have one.How many taps can you put in one tree? My son is 21 now and he says he would like to do it next year,you know that I'l be doing the cooking.My niece does keep bees,she started 2 years ago and got her first harvest this year.Bee's and I don't get along either.I can very much appreciate the work that you do.We go locally to a pancake breakfast every March,where they serve pure maple syrup,I so look forward to that.

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posted at 12/16/2010 1:20 AM EST
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Now I know why the pure maple syrup is so pricey!!

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posted at 12/16/2010 6:54 AM EST
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I always dreaded school projects but tried to make the most out of the experience. You did a lot and it was well worth it!!

Re: Homemade Maple Syrup.

posted at 12/16/2010 7:31 AM EST
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I tasted the best maple syrup their is and it was homemade at this resturant up in the mountains .

Re: Homemade Maple Syrup.

posted at 12/16/2010 7:59 AM EST
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What a great science fair project!This is memories that you and you son will have always!

Re: Homemade Maple Syrup.

posted at 12/17/2010 2:52 PM EST
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Gale, that's great that you do things together like that! More families should do more stuff together! As for your question....how many taps can you put in one tree?.....I'm not sure. That is my big brother's department. He does all the woods work. I just help some with the boiling down process and selling the finished product!
Audrey, it's not pricey just because of the work entailed, but also everything that goes along with it...the wood or oil (which we use) to boil, the equipment and supplies, the containers....you name it! But the pure finished product is the best!! I love when we are boiling it down and it comes off to take a small glassful of warm syrup to drink.....delicious!!!
We set up at a couple of county fairs in the summer and it's fun meeting people and explaining to some of them the process of making maple syrup.

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posted at 12/18/2010 5:40 AM EST
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Carol -- Oh my goodness, that's amazing.   You REALLY make maple syrup!  Amazing.  I wish I lived near enough that one time
I could see it happen.  
I think maple syrup is one of the most  (here I go again) amazing things ever invented.

Re: Homemade Maple Syrup.

posted at 12/18/2010 7:33 AM EST
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Oh Nancy, that'd be really neat if you lived close enough to stop in to watch!!! If you're ever passing this way in the spring you could stop in!! It is amazing when you stop to think about it. I guess I've always kind of taken it for granted because we have made it all our lives. Was passed down from my grandfather!!

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posted at 2/11/2011 2:12 PM EST
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Wow what an experience you had.

Re: Homemade Maple Syrup.

posted at 2/11/2011 2:40 PM EST
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I have gone to watch Maple Syrup made several times.  I am always amazed at how much sap is needed to make the syrup we use.  The Sugar Maple is the most "efficient" one to gather sap from but other trees in that family will also produce sap that can be used but it can take double the amount of sap to make the same 1 gallon of syrup.

I got a great lesson in something like this.  I purchased some cider this past fall and when I realized I would not drink it all I decided to make a cider syrup.  Boiled 1 gallon of cider down to about 1 pint.  Took what seemed like forever but I had a great syrup to use as part of a glaze for a pork roast.  It was great added to sauerkraut and pork chops as well.

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posted at 2/11/2011 2:57 PM EST
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Nikki - that's also amazing.  Where on earth did you get an idea like that?

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posted at 2/11/2011 7:44 PM EST
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I can't say I ever made something so creative for a school project.   I would have given up long before I got close to having enough syrup to use for one meal.  I will leave the bees to other people....

Re: Homemade Maple Syrup.

posted at 2/27/2011 5:05 PM EST
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When I read about experiences like that, it reminds me that sometimes I take "convenience" for granted too often.  Now, when I purchase maple syrup off the store shelf, I will have more appreciation for the hours and effort that go into its production.  Thank you for sharing your story.

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posted at 2/28/2011 10:34 AM EST
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That's amazing. I understand why good maple syrup is so expensive!

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posted at 3/2/2011 10:30 PM EST
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What amazing stories Gale G and Carol B.  We like Maple Syrup.  The brand we buy is Maple Grove Farms.  Comes from Vermont.  We visited there many years ago when our sons were young and have been buying that brand ever since.  It is very good!!!!!!!

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