Karl's Boilin's,Maple Syrup Evaporator, first run of the year

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is it time?

Hey Karl, I'm very very interested in learning how to make maple syrup, is it the right time of year now to tap trees?

- Julie Chadwick

Maple tapping

Julie..I'm sorry-I just saw your question.. Right now is 1/2 way through the tapping season here. To see if a tree is running drill a small hole through the bark and 1/4" into the sapwood. If the tree is a good one the sap will follow the drill out of the hole. If not watch it for a few moments, if nothing flows, try another tree. Check the hole every few days to see if the sap starts running...Karl

oh yeah!

There is *one* tree in my immediate area, I tapped it and hey presto! There was quite a lot... I filled up a big pot with sap, was very doubtful because it seemed soooo watery, but after a few days on the woodstove it made about a cup of nice syrup! I was amazed... my car is broken down but I hope to get out to your place asap to learn more...

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