Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How To Tap A Maple Tree And Make Maple Syrup - A Sweet Lesson For Spring


Did you know it's really simple to tap a MAPLE TREE and get some liquid gold ?

How to tap a maple tree and make natural maple syrup.  DIY Nature's gold! Simple.
Photo compliments of Anne Shuman
This project is a natural!

Beat the Winter blues and celebrate Spring by making it an adventure in learning!  This is a sweet nature project my friends Richard and Anne did with their grandson.  You can try this at home, too. All you need is a Maple tree, containers, a spike, jars, patience and ingenuity.

You have to tap the trees in Early Spring, after snow. The equipment needed is simple, you can buy new equipment or reuse things you have around the house.  It's up to you!  If it's too late for you to do this this year, be sure and put it on your calendar for next!


The Simple Art of Tapping A Maple Tree:

How, when, where:


Generally, the sap starts to flow between mid-February and mid-March. (check for best times where you live). Trees should be at least 12-20 inches in diameter.  If the tree is 12-20 inches you can have one tap.  If it's 21-27 inches you can have 2.  Larger, you can have 3. Once you capture the sap you need to boil it down a lot.  For more information and a complete guide go to TAP MY TREE

What you need:
  • Healthy tree
  • Drill
  • Spike
  • Bucket or containers
  • Jars
What you will need to do:
  • Clean equipment
  • Drill holes
  • Insert a spike
  • Tap the tree
  • Boil
  • Prepare jars
  • Fill

Drill holes or buy maple syrup plugs (reusable)


Did you know it's really simple to tap a MAPLE TREE and get some liquid gold
Photo compliments of Anne Shuman

Boil, Boil, Boil.  It takes several containers of sap to make a jar of syrup.


Did you know it's really simple to tap a MAPLE TREE and get some liquid gold
Photo compliments of Anne Shuman

Use recycled or new jars to store the maple syrup

Photo compliments of Anne Shuman

Why not have kids jar their own maple syrup :)  Such a sweet educational nature project for them, too!

Photo compliments of Anne Shuman


Complete Guide Available:


A simple and complete guide with detailed information can be found at TAPMYTREES.com.  It's a great source with diagrams, charts, more.Did you know it's really simple to tap a MAPLE TREE and get some liquid gold
From Tap My Trees .com

Maple Syrup Recycle, Recipes and More Ideas:

For more ideas on maple syrup and items you can recycle to tap Check out Planetpals TAP TAP TAP for Maple Syrup Board on Pinterest

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