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Making Maple Syrup

Posted by clawfootcurt on Monday, March 31, 2008

Took my sweetie to a county park nearby where they tap sugar maple trees and make some syrup every spring for about 2 weeks.  We got the full presentation including drilling and tapping a new tree, helping carry a couple gallons of sap to the boiler, and tasting some of the almost finished product.  What a great time.  I had always wondered how people figured out how to do this stuff back in the day. 

They also had a guy there playing a bunch of home-made instruments.  He had a mountain banjo, but I did not get to see him play it.  Saw him play a dulcimer, a harp and a hurdy gurdy though.



2 comments on “Making Maple Syrup”

brawny1 Says:
Monday, March 31, 2008 @9:27:53 PM

Curt sounds like you had a great time. My wife and I stopped our maple sugaring 3 weeks ago. We made about 5 gallons and decided we had enough for this year. It sure does take a lot of time to do. Brian

Kevin G Says:
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 @7:44:50 PM

Y' know, Curt, I never wondered too much about how people figured out maple syrup. What I want to know is who ate the first snail or fish eggs and convinced everyone else they were delicacies!

Cheers,

Kevin

PS. Actually, the only syrup we use is Maple. My brother makes a few batches and always gives us some. And yes, it's time consuming. Of course, he got a banjo out of the deal.

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