Real (from a tree) Maple syrup….. When I say those words do you think of Vermont? Maybe you think of the high price associated with buying it. Well I am here to tell you that you can make your own and you don’t even have to live in Vermont to do it!!
While most people are by now ready for spring to get here, and trust me, I long for it too….. I just keep telling myself that these -30 days are going to make for an amazing sap run, which means jars upon jars of liquid gold in my pantry. The weather plays a major role in syrup production. If the ground doesn’t freeze, well kiss the sap run goodbye. So I will take my snowy frozen winter, all the time reminding myself that sap season is coming.
Here is something for you to think about…. We only tap three trees a year and we have not only enough syrup for ourselves but plenty to share with friends and family. So don’t think you can’t do this, because you can! But you need to know how to get started. The first thing to do is identify your Maple trees. Sugar Maples are the best for tapping because they have a higher sugar content in their sap, but I am here to tell you, red and silver Maples work just fine!!
But what about the cost of equipment for this little project? Well if you go on Amazon and buy a starter kit (for three taps/buckets) your looking at dropping well over $100. Wait, breath, don’t buy that!!! Seriously, don’t do it. You can make all your own equipment for under $10 and get way more taps/buckets. We make all our own equipment and so can you! We even built our own evaporator for around $50.… let’s see you buy one of those on Amazon! But you don’t NEED an evaporator, you can boil it in a pan, we just got fancy since we have been doing it a while.
But how do you tap a tree? How do you boil sap? I know there are a lot of questions running through your head right now. Slow down, I got you covered. We cover all this stuff on our blog in our Maple Syrup section and I will list links to all that information. What you need to know right this second is the sap usually starts to flow the end of February, beginning of March. You have time to read! You have time to make your own equipment, you have time to slow down and enjoy a new adventure that ends in yummy breakfast delight. Because YOU can make your own Maple syrup!!!!
I hope we have peaked your interest and you give serious consideration to trying this homesteading skill. It really is a fun family project that our oldest country kid looks forward to every year. If you have a Maple tree (or get a neighbor’s permission to tap one of theirs) it doesn’t matter where you live, you, yes, YOU can make your own Maple Syrup!!! And then your family and friends will beg you for it. And then you give them the link to this post and tell them to go make their own!
The oldest country kid collecting sap
**Homestead Tips on Tuesday is a weekly series where we help you learn skills, tips, and trick to help you on your journey of homesteading. Many places post list of things you should/could do as far as homesteading skill, but I feel lists are at times overwhelming and can make people give up before they even start. So every Tuesday I share one thing for you to try or consider. I hope you join us every Tuesday and I would love to hear about your adventures with each weeks topic.**