Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Happy Tree Tapping and Sap Collecting!

It is almost the time of year when the sap begins to flow! The Maple trees in my front yard are tapped. I hope to collect some sap soon! All the snow is melting and I think it will soon be warming up in the next week or so.
The year before last, my family tapped ten to twenty Maples. From those Maples we collected anough sap to make syrup that lasted us up until this month. We are working on the last quart of Maple syrup now.
I hope to collect enough sap to make syrup that will last us until 2012. It is nice to only have to tap the trees every other year, even though I love doing it. Last February, Mom was sick and we didn't collect any sap.
I hope to make enough syrup to share with all of my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents so they won't have to buy syrup from the store.
Since I have tried the Maple syrup we have made from the sap from our trees, I could never, ever go back to using that old maple flavored corn syrup that they sell in the stores and call maple syrup. Most of the pancake syrups sold in stores are made from corn syrup and artificially flavored with maple. I do know some who like that flavor......not me! I like the real thing! It is so nice to be able to make my own and know exactly where it comes from and what is in it! I also love that it is another way to be self-sufficient and not rely on stores.

I will show pictures here on my blog when I begin to collect sap and make syrup!
Happy tree tapping to all that tap trees and collect sap!
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