Tips for Making Maple Syrup

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Identify a sugar maple tree (Acer saccharum)

maple tree with whitewash lichen and black moldIdentifying trees in the winter and spring (before leaf-out) can be tricky for many people. When looking for a sugar maple tree, try to identify the following:

Tapping the tree

tapping a treeTapping sugar maples is as easy as it sounds. Follow these tips for the greatest success.

collecting sapCollecting sap

Cooking sap

Sugar maple sap is on average about 2% sugar. The process of cooking the sap is to evaporate a large amount of water to achieve 66% sugar to be legally called maple syrup.

sugar shack tour with steam from evaporating sap

Finishing Syrup