Last week at our bi-monthly coop we learned how to tap maple trees, collect sap, and cook it down into maple syrup. Sunburst and I have been intrigued by this idea for years, and wow! It turns out that it's a fairly simple process.
In our excitement, we went straight out and collected our equipment:
- Hand drill, 7/16" drill bit
- Taps and hooks
- Empty gallon water jugs for collection
- Turkey Fryer cooking base
- Propane tank
- Large enamel pot
- Ball pint jars
It doesn't sound like much, does it? But that one little bit of syrup makes my heart sing! I don't think I've been this excited about anything in a long time!
There is a wealth of information out there on tapping trees in your own backyard. I can't recommend it enough! If you try this at home, please remember to thank your trees!
Be sure to check out Aleisha's great photos of our co-op tree-tapping event.
How to Tap Maple Trees and Make Maple Syrup (pdf)
Make Your Own