Preparing for Fall - Tagging Maple Trees


This year, we will be tapping our maple trees for the first time! Yay! We've helped our elderly neighbors tap their trees but just never got the nerve to do the work ourselves.

But this year, I'm a whole new me. We are going to tap our trees. And grind our own grain and raise our own goats and.... oh I got carried away. There shall be no goats in the suburban jungle..... So sad. I'm kidding anyway. I'd have chickens.

My kids and I got out and marked our trees so they'd be easy to spot in the winter. It was tough enough identifying them now with all the leaves on. I'm glad we got out there when we did. The interesting part? We only had 7 maple trees. Our forest is almost all Oaks. Go figure.

So who knows how much syrup we will get, but I'll post about it this winter. :)

12 comments:

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

That is totally cool! I can't wait to see how it goes. How do you tap that?? (get the double meaning??)

Angela said...

LOL, we drill a hole, put in a small pipe and let it drip into a bucket. :)

Susan @ organicdeals said...

Wow, that is so cool. I can't wait to see your post... now why did you buy all of that pancake syrup again LOL.

Jessica-MomForHim said...

Ted SO wants to have maple trees to tap! The only one on our property big enough to tap is on the boulevard, so I'm pretty sure we'd get in trouble. Plus it wouldn't give us enough sap for syrup anyway. So he has started growing a small maple tree in the backyard, but right now it is about 1/2 inch thick and 3 feet tall, so we'll have to live here a LONG time before it comes to anything!

Angela said...

You never know how much syrup will come out. :) We need the right cold/warm weather. Here's hoping we get lots of syrup and we never have to buy the HCFS kind again. :)

MormonSurrogate said...

Very cool!

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That's really cool!
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Susan @ organicdeals said...

My husband is still mad at me for switching to maple. The HFCS is so thick and it took him a while to get used to the maple.

I did find one that is thicker that he likes. Shady Maple Farms Organic Thick & Rich; https://www.shadymaple.ca/maple-syrup/Retail-Market/presentation/products/Shady-Maple-Farms/86/ThickNRich-Maple-Syrup.aspx

They sell it on amazon. You should try it - but I hope you get lot's of maple from your trees!!!

Angela said...

Thanks Susan. I'm hoping we get a ton too...otherwise it may be off to amazon for me.

Anonymous said...

I know you really really want to do this, but remember the boil down ratio is 50 to 1. You boil fifty gallons of sap to get one gallon. Ok, you'll probably not do 50 gallons, but would you do 1/4 of this to net you a pint? This means being able to store 12.5 gallons of sap somewhere. The boil down process takes hours (HOURS!!!!) and you will have sticky steam in your kitchen if you choose to do this indoors. Not the mention the natural gas/electricity you'll be using to run your stove.
It's good stuff, but is it really worth the hassle? We will be doing it this year, maybe you might want to stop by and watch for a while to get your fix.

Your sister

Angela said...

Good point. My neighbor is handling the boiling process. My job was to tree-identify. :)

blueviolet said...

Can you tap ANY maple trees? I have one!

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