I have a friend who’s husband has taken up making maple syrup as a hobby, I had planned to take the kids to a park that was offering a tour and it was going to cost $25 for our family to go-this was WAY better, not only was it free but we can home with 4 pints of maple syrup and Andy is a teacher and taught the kids the whole process and let them actually do all of it too. So fun for them!
Gathering the sap from the trees (he is tapping 6 trees, 2 are his and the rest are neighbors)
Pouring the sap into his big propane heated heating thing (no idea what this is called)
dripping the cold sap to the bottom, heated sap
He does the final heating inside, needs to get to 200 degrees
And, then, pour it into the jars.
After taking part in this process, I understand why real maple syrup is so expensive!
The kids learned a ton and we’re going to be tapping our maple next year for Andy!