We may be in the middle of winter, but it’s time to start thinking about spring. First on the docket: maple syrup prep. Do you have maple trees and live in an area that has freezing winters? You can probably make maple syrup yourself! And while we have a lot of content on this blog about maple syrup production and how you can use the stuff, the information has been somewhat sporadic and incomplete–until now! We’ve gone deeper, filled in the gaps, and developed a complete guide for harvesting and making your own maple syrup, from start to finish.
The sap collection has been slow here with winter holding on tight with below freezing temperatures and deep snow covering our land. So far we’ve only pulled about a half gallon of sap per tap. But hey, at least we collected enough to warrant a boil! We build our own evaporator instead of shelling out big bucks for the fancy ones, read on to see how we did it.