Cathy Donnelly

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TAPPIN' THE TREES

Yes you too can tap the sap from your maple trees.  It’s surprisingly easy.  There are a lot of good guides on the ‘net, but the first thing you gotta do is get spiles, which are the little spouts you pound into the maple tree to access the sap.  I did this all last Friday (the 18th) when it went up to 60 degrees. This is the spile, another closer-up pic is below.  You can see my high -tech maple sap gathering device (old milk jug).  I will have to boil it down on the trash burning thing in my backyard.  40 gallons of sap makes one gallon of syrup. See the sap just about to fall off the spile?  I took a cordless drill, with a 7/16th inch drill bit (kind of big), drilled about a 3 inch hole, tapped the spile in.  Because it was 60 degrees that day the sap came running out. It's kind of hard to make out the jug on the side of this tree...this one is big enough, I put another tap on the other side. I'll let you know how the boiling-down process goes.  I'm still trying to find out if you have to can this stuff or since the sugar content is so high, you can just stick it in a pretty bottle and give it out at Christmastime!



 
02/21/2011 8:49AM
TAPPIN' THE TREES
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