If you’re a maple syrup lover, there are no words scarier than “maple syrup shortage.”
For anyone who has a maple tree and the tools to extract sap from one, you’ll never have to hear those terrifying words again!
Many wonder how to make maple syrup and the good news is that it’s not difficult to do. With the right tools and techniques, you can get your hands on some wonderful maple syrup for yourself and for your loved ones as well.
If you have enough, maybe you can even start your own maple syrup business. Let’s find out how to get a start on it today!
What Do I Need to Make Maple Syrup?
There are a few things that you’ll want to have on hand before making your maple syrup. The good news is that they are relatively inexpensive and quite simple to use. You may already have some tools at home.
Drill – Used to drill a hole in the maple tree.
Spiles – Used to extract the sap from the hole that you drill in the tree.
Hammer – Used to put the spile in the tree.
Buckets – Used to collect the sap from the tree when it leaks out the spiles.
Thermometers – Used for checking the temperature of the syrup.
Filters – Used to remove impurities and the sugar sand from the maple syrup.
Fire Pit/Portable Stove – Used to boil the syrup after it’s been extracted from the tree.
Jars – Used to jar the syrup for storing and distributing.
These are some of the basic tools that you’ll want to have on hand. You’ll need them at various points in the syrup-making process.
Maple Syrup Making Tools
There are many kits that you can buy online that come with most of the items and tools that you’ll need to make maple syrup. One of our favorite kits is the Maple Tapper which has a lot of what you need to start making maple syrup.
This doesn’t have every single thing that you need, but it’s a great start. You acn’t forget to have some buckets on hand as this is what you need to collect your syrup from the tree.
How to Make Maple Syrup
With all your supplies ready, you’re prepared to start making maple syrup.
To start, you’ll need to head out and find yourself a maple tree. There are a few kinds of maple trees, but the best one for making syrup is the sugar maple. They are identifiable by the bark which is typically a dull, greyish shade of brown with many ridges throughout it.
You’ve found your maple tree, so now it’s time to prepare for extracting maple syrup.
Now, you’ll need your drill and your spile. Start by drilling a hole large enough for your spile to fit into. Typically, your spile will have a size which ideally the size of the hole that you’ll want to drill.
When drilling, tilt it slightly upwards so that the syrup drips downwards into where the spile will be.
With the hole drilled, stick your spile into the hole in the tree. Hammer it in so that it is secure and able to direct the syrup.
Next, you need your bucket. Place it underneath the spile and hang it from the tree. It will be used to collect the maple syrup as it drips from the spile.
Now, it’s a waiting game. The time it takes to collect the maple syrup in the bucket can depend on many factors. There are times when the syrup will run fast and times when it will run slower.
Don’t be alarmed if you don’t collect so much one day as you did on another. This is very normal.
It’s important to collect the sap daily if you can to create one large bucket of syrup. You can do this by tapping multiple trees to get more sap, quicker.
You can keep the sap in your fridge until you’ve gathered up enough for the next step.
Boiling Your Syrup
With the sap collected, it’s time to make your true maple syrup. In this process, you’ll take it from the clear sap from the tree to the brown syrup that you can add to your pancakes.
To do this, you need to boil your syrup on a fire or stove. Please be aware that boiling your maple syrup on the stove in your home usually isn’t ideal. You’ll need to keep boiling it for a few hours, and you’re going to have a large abundance of steam filling your home. It can also leave many parts of your home sticky, so many opt to do this step outside.
With your fire pit or portable stove, heat it up and start boiling your syrup. Watching it as it boils, you’ll notice your sap starting to turn brown. This is a good sign!
Once it’s reached a nice brown color and has a thick consistency, you’re ready to give it the taste test. If it tastes good to you, then it’s likely done boiling.
Once it’s done boiling, it’s time to pour it into jars for safekeeping. Put them in your fridge, and you’re ready to start enjoying your delicious homemade maple syrup!
Making Maple Syrup Is Easier Than You Think
By following these steps, you’ll be ready to enjoy some delicious maple syrup in no time. Soon enough, you’ll be teaching others how to make maple syrup.
If you make some, don’t forget to tell us how delicious it was in the comments.
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