DIY syrup from trees (not just maples)

Adam is in the southeast part of Tennessee, so it may start to look like spring there someday soon. It will be a couple of months yet before anybody will be tapping trees in my area!

He is tapping a hickory tree, but I have also seen some folks in Alaska who have tapped birch trees and made syrup from the sap.

I have never done this, but I did at one time have a relative (actually a step relative) who had a maple “sugar bush” in Ontario and made and sold syrup and maple candy. The process looks like work, but the end product is delicious!

If you are interested in doing this, here is more information:

How to Tap Trees and Make Syrup in Your Backyard

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4 Responses to DIY syrup from trees (not just maples)

  1. The Tundra PA says:

    Birch syrup is a popular item here in Alaska. Tastes pretty much like maple to me. It is a lot of work, no matter which tree is the sap source. Takes ~30 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup, and a long time to slowly boil it down.

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  2. geoffg12 says:

    When I worked my FiL’s farm in Vermont, he had a “sugar bush” (a grove of maple trees), and we would ride a sleigh pulling a wagon full of buckets and taps (later a snow mobile) up and tap the trees in Feb, and then collect the sap from the buckets and begin the boiling. As stated above, it took about 30 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup. But, there is nothing equal to real maple syrup on a snow cone, or pancakes, or waffles, or….

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  3. Re-Farmer says:

    My brother planted a whole bunch of sugar maple trees in his front yard. At some point, we plan to get some as well, though we have other types of maple here already that we could tap, if we wanted to. The main difference with the different trees is how much sap is needed to get the final produce. You need less sap from a sugar maple to get the same amount of, say, syrup, than with birch or some other type of maple.

    It all tastes good, though! 🙂

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