Fill a boiling pot with 5 gallons of sap. Boil the sap for approximately 4 hours. When you have about a half gallon left in the pot, finish boiling on a stove. The syrup is done when it reaches 219°F or 66% sugar content.
How do you know when maple syrup is done boiling?
Finished maple syrup will be 7°F above the temperature of boiling water at your elevation. Your syrup or candy thermometer will tell you this. If you have a larger operation you may get a syrup hydrometer and testing cup which will tell you when the syrup is done.
How long does it take to boil syrup?
In a high-sided saucepan over medium-high heat, bring cold water and sugar to a boil. Turn the heat to low and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely and the mixture is clear, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Remember – the longer you boil it, the thicker the syrup will be when cooled.
How long does it take to cook maple syrup?
How much time per gallon? For 20 gallons of sap to get 1/2 gallon of syrup, the whole process can take 2 days, about 12 to 14 hours, outside over a wood fire. You’re going to want to cook it down outside until you only have a couple gallons left, otherwise you’ll be wasting a lot of money on electricity or gas.
Is it safe to boil maple syrup?
To make maple syrup, the excess water is boiled from the sap. It takes 40 parts maple sap to make 1 part maple syrup (10 gallons sap to make 1 quart syrup). Because of the large quantity of steam generated by boiling sap, it is not recommended to boil indoors.
What’s floating in my maple syrup?
It is most likely a harmless mold. The syrup makers associations all say it is ok to skim the mold off the top then briefly boil the syrup. You should probably also wash out the container with very hot soapy water. After boiling you can continue to store it in the refrigerator for months.
When should I stop collecting sap?
When the temperature remains above freezing or buds start to form on the tree, it is time to stop collecting sap. The sap can have an unpleasant odor and have an off flavored taste, and may also have a stringy appearance. This sap will not make good flavored syrup and you will be very disappointed.
Is cloudy maple sap OK to boil?
Treat sap like you would treat milk.
Or just take a gallon of the cloudy sap, put it in 4 pots on the kitchen stove and boil like crazy. Combine the pots into one pot just before they run dry and keep boiling. You can produce a couple ounces of syrup real quick (less than 1 hour) to taste-test some.
When should I tap my maple trees for syrup?
However, because weather conditions vary somewhat from year to year, and from one location to another, trees can sometimes be tapped as early as mid- February or as late as April. Once temperatures stay above freezing and leaf buds appear, the maple syrup season is over.