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    Default Re: Anyone ever made syrup?

    Does the tree make new sap to replace what's been removed. Just curious.

    Wow, Shirley, was your husband successful with the syrup he made?
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    Default Re: Anyone ever made syrup?

    We have made blackberry syrup. It in no way involves tapping trees.
    We do wrestle man-eating vines to gain the purple orbs of deliciousness that we crush, strain, mix with sugar and Framboise liqueur, boil, and then can.
    I'm sure that you will figure out how to make something tasty.

    Emily pointed out that Curious George made maple syrup and you could see how they did it. (Maple syrup directions from a cartoon monkey, should NOT be your first source of information, unless of course you are eight.)

    Good luck, it seems you have been given good advice from others!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebeccas-sewing View Post
    Does the tree make new sap to replace what's been removed. Just curious.

    Wow, Shirley, was your husband successful with the syrup he made?
    He was successful. My brother and his wife came up here from SC and Jim sent a jar home with them. Well the next time he was back he asked if we had more, I guess his wife loved it. He said he thinks she might be drinking it.
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    Default Re: Anyone ever made syrup?

    I did one or two years when I lived up in Canada. We tapped Maple and also Birch. I hadn't heard of tapping Walnut?

    I vaguely remember that we'd put the taps on the side where the sun hit the bark in the morning but I may not be remembering that correctly. You might want to check that info on the internet. I do remember that some days the sap ran very fast and other days slower so we did check them twice a day. Also I believe that the birch sap tended to start running right after the Maples were done or just before they finished running.

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    Default Re: Anyone ever made syrup?

    My DH makes syrup every spring. We have no sugar maples but other maple trees work just as well. He uses a turkey fryer to boil the sap (OUTSIDE!--it makes the house way too steamy) and then brings it in to the stove for the last 15 minutes so he can keep a better eye on it. He also strains the sap a couple of times using coffee filters (there are always bugs and pine needles that get into the sap).

    Just so you know, it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup!
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    Default Re: Anyone ever made syrup?

    How much sap comes from one tree??
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebeccas-sewing View Post
    Does the tree make new sap to replace what's been removed. Just curious.
    I believe it replenishes itself much like a persons blood.
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    Default Re: Anyone ever made syrup?

    All I know is in Upstate, tapping was done in the Spring on Sugar Maples, and walnut trees were never used, bad stuff that! It's a lengthy process, but Oh Lord, is it worth it! Best of luck in your endeavors Ryan! And dump the walnut tree idea!
    What do you mean I'm easily distracted..........HEY LOOK......FABRIC!!!!

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    Default Re: Anyone ever made syrup?

    Quote Originally Posted by Carrie J View Post
    And dump the walnut tree idea!
    Move over maple syrup: Researchers in Syracuse are tapping walnut trees (and a birch) | syracuse.com

    The folks at Cornell are looking into this so I think it is still worth trying since I have access to several good sized black walnut trees. Why knock it if you haven't tried it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
    Move over maple syrup: Researchers in Syracuse are tapping walnut trees (and a birch) | syracuse.com

    The folks at Cornell are looking into this so I think it is still worth trying since I have access to several good sized black walnut trees. Why knock it if you haven't tried it?
    Just recounting stories of the old timers that ran the Syrup mills in Steuben county Ryan. Not knocking, it, but these men (generations) most likely, had already tried it to no avail. If it did not have the sugar content, nor the quality syrup produced by sugar maples, then it was a no go for them (e.g. supplemental cash to sustain families). Considering newer science and research, there may be decent yield, but to what advantage and price range, and possible damage to a species of tree that is worth it's weight in gold already for fine furniture, the music industry, etc, etc.
    What do you mean I'm easily distracted..........HEY LOOK......FABRIC!!!!

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