Sunday, March 19, 2017

It's that time of year again.....

One of my most favorite times of year is when its time to tap those trees. Maple trees that is. Making one of Canada's most favorite ingredient. MAPLE SYRUP....

How much sap does it take to make one litre of syrup? It takes 40 litres of sap to make one litre of syrup. 

What happens to the other 39 litres?  Sap contains a large portion of water and a small portion of sugar. During the boiling process, the water is released as steam and what is left becomes the syrup.

What are the perfect weather conditions for making syrup?
Sap is likely to flow on a bright, sunny day, after a cold night. As a rule, + 5 degrees Celcius and sunny during the day and - 5 degrees Celcius at night is the best "sap" conditions. The tree gives no outward sign that the sap is about to run. "Sap's running" is a phrase, but actually it drips. How fast or slow depends on a variety of factors.