How to Make Real Maple Syrup
Maple trees have been tapped for many generations, dating back to the days when Native Americans. At least since the days of the colonists, maple syrup has been made from the sweet sap that runs through the sugar maple trees in the spring. This is how we made our syrup. This activity requires adult supervision.
a stove or hotplate
a pan or pot
lots and lots of time
Pour the sap into a pot and place it on the stove or hotplate.
Heat over medium high until it comes to a low boil, turn down and simmer.
As the water evaporates continue to pour additional sap into the pot until you have used all of your sap. The water will evaporate and the sugar will caramelize so the remaining syrup changes to a medium brown color. Be especially careful as the syrup cooks down toward the bottom of the pan. It is done when it is brownish in color and the general consistency of syrup. Do not overcook or it will burn to the pot.
Let it cool slightly and serve. We poured our syrup over the top of a freshly baked cake. You will not be able to make too much syrup as it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make on gallon of syrup.
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