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Old 02-08-2013, 11:03 PM   #11
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Great Idea! Easter is coming. Better than brown sugar on the ham. Can you hold out that long?
I infused and glazed a turkey with maple syrup a couple of years ago on Easter--but, I have that surplus of maple syrup to tap into...the turkey was excellent.
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We don't have maple trees in SA. Would love to experience tapping a maple tree. That must be fun :)
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:22 AM   #13
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We don't have maple trees in SA. Would love to experience tapping a maple tree. That must be fun :)
Kind of like pounding a nail into a tree and then standing there all day and watching the sap of the tree drip out into a bucket drop by drop.
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It is not quite like that, Addie. We use copper tubing. And, the sap flows faster than a drip-drip-drip...that would be a leaky kitchen faucet!
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thanks, b. they sound like great ideas.

it's only a small jar, though, so i might try it on a hot ham sandwich first. or maybe a blt.
Are the peppercorns in it? I have lots of maple syrup...never thought of infusing it...hmmmmmm...
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It is not quite like that, Addie. We use copper tubing. And, the sap flows faster than a drip-drip-drip...that would be a leaky kitchen faucet!
I know. I was just being facetious. When I lived on the farm, we had three maple trees across from the kitchen door. We used to tap them every year. Got just enough to make about a quart (more or less) of syrup.
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I know. I was just being facetious. When I lived on the farm, we had three maple trees across from the kitchen door. We used to tap them every year. Got just enough to make about a quart (more or less) of syrup.
Wow, that's not a lot of sap from three trees. Did you run multiple taps?
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Wow, that's not a lot of sap from three trees. Did you run multiple taps?
I don't remember. I stayed away from it all or I would have had another chore to do. I do remember the smell of maple when it was being boiled down. I do know it all started as a lesson to us to show us where maple syrup came from.
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I don't remember. I stayed away from it all or I would have had another chore to do. I do remember the smell of maple when it was being boiled down. I do know it all started as a lesson to us to show us where maple syrup came from.
And how much work it entails! I think that is why my dad tapped the Manitoba Maple(or maybe it was so one of my brothers could get a Scout badge)...to show us how much work it was to get a jelly glass (250 ml) of syrup.
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My sister and I took the kids to Vermont one year and stopped at a family owned maple producer. We took them out to where the trees were tapped, tubes running to a big tank, then bringing the tank in with horses pulling the sled to the boiling house, the big pile of cut wood that had been cut by hand. You could see the axe marks on the wood. Then they got to see the bottling, labeling, etc. To this day, any time they are lucky enough to have a bottle of real maple syrup, they treasure it. After all that we took them into the restaurant for lunch. They all ordered pancakes so they could pour real maple syrup over them. I had corn fritters with syrup.

My youngest was working in Vermont for a couple of years. For Christmas he gave every one a jug of syrup. Gold!
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