Saturday, April 6, 2013

Maple Sugaring

For about the past month my family has been making maple syrup. Oh, yum!

Pancakes, waffles, french toast, repeat.

 Sadly, the sugaring season is coming to a close. But God blessed us with a longer season than normal and we are truly grateful!

Anywho! I have met people who thought that maple syrup comes right out of the tree all brown, sugary, and ready to use. If you have this same thought... PUT IT OUT OF YOUR MIND!!! You are thinking quite incorrectly about the whole thing!

Allow me to share our small operation with you.

We have six sugar maples from which flows an abundance of clear, sweet sap. Tapping our trees allows the sap to run (well, more like drip) into the buckets.

 Boiling is the next step. We have a little "sugaring pit" that we boil the sap on.

Once the sap boils down into syrup, we check the temperature until it reaches about 218 degrees.

Then we finish boiling the syrup on our stove. When the maple syrup is ready, the delicious stickiness is poured into hot jars.

That, my dear blogging friends, is how we make maple syrup at my house! :)


  1. Oh wow, that sounds so delicious! I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

  2. If I remember correctly, today is your birthday....

    Have a very Happy Birthday, Jessa!!!!

    REAL maple syrup! *sigh* When my family lived in the Midwest, we had a neighbor who had sugar trees and we always bought our syrup from him. Now that we've moved West, real syrup is harder to find and more expensive. But once you've had REAL maple syrup- as opposed to the fake stuff that passes for syrup at the grocery store- you never want to eat the fake stuff again!

    1. Yes, you remembered correctly... today is my birthday. Thanks for the well wishes!
      I agree with you about maple syrup. Nothing can compare to the real stuff!

  3. Excellent post, m'dear sister! Maple syrup is some of the best stuff on earth. Period. And of course, it tastes all the better because we made it. ;)

    The Elevensies Tag is coming around again, and I'd like you to participate!

  4. WOW! That is a really neat process and I'm slightly envious that you live in an environment where this can be done. Sadly Florida is not the place for maple syrup production!

    Anyway, I just discovered your blog and it's so cute! You have a new follower. ;)

    Leah Kathryn