Tag Archives: Sap

Update: Maple Syrup and Bread

Today was a beautiful day! The sun was out, and the weather was warm. This morning, Ace and I had waffles with the first homemade maple syrup. I started boiling more sap in the morning, around nine a.m. and baked what is likely the nicest loaf of bread I’ve baked so far… Continue reading

First Time Ever: Making Maple Syrup!

Today has been an exciting day! I finally made my first maple syrup, after I realized I was running out of space to store sap. All of the trees are moving sap at an incredible rate, now that daytime temperatures are rising. The point is, I hadn’t realized how much sap we were going to get (I don’t think any of us did), so we didn’t have quite enough place to store the 3-4 gallons I’m getting a day. Continue reading

Tapping My Maples

So after two posts on maple spiles, I’m finally getting to the point: tapping my maple trees! We have about a dozen maples in out yard, but I’m only tapping four today, with my neighbor tapping two more on Wednesday. I was worried that it might take a lot of work, but I actually finished very quickly, and the sap is flowing faster than I had imagined! Continue reading

Making Maple Spiles (Part 2)

This morning, I posted how I made maple spiles out of electrical conduit. Now, I would like to show you an easier, cheaper way. Traditional spiles can be made out of any wood with a pith, so I made a couple of spiles out of boxelder. Ironically, boxelder is one of the species of maple that can be tapped for syrup as well, although I am only tapping sugar maple this year. You could also use sumac or elder. Continue reading