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Making Maple Syrup: Simple Living in Practice

Maple Syrup
Balch Maple Syrup

Well we did it. We made maple syrup. Thanks to the help from our city friends who took the train up from NYC to help us stoke the fire and keep the sap flowing into the reduction pans.

It took an entire day from early in the morning until about 7 in the evening to reduce enough sap down to make two of the above containers of syrup. Now you know why this precious liquid costs so much!

We have more sap to transform for next weekend and hopefully a few more friends that will split wood and tend a fire for a good meal. Are you interested?

fire pit
Build your fire pit.

group of teenagers
Gather your Maple Sugarin' Crew

chopping wood
Get them to chop some wood.

girls playing with sticks
And battle it out.

boy in front of fire
And rest by the fire.
Keep themselves entertained.

Drink copious amounts of hot cocoa.

stoking fire
Keep stoking the fire.
Kids eating dinner
Eat a good meal.

coals of a fire
Right into the evening.

Looking at sap on fire
Looks like syrup.
maple syrup
Final Product.. got a few of these. 
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  1. Diane,
    I'm so blown away. Amazing. I never knew anyone who really did this. It looks wonderful. How much did you get?
    I would love it if you would share it at this weeks Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Have a great week.

    1. You get about a gallon of syrup for each 30 gallons of sap. We will probably get about 4 gallons of syrup out it. Pretty amazing when you consider we only have 3 large trees.

  2. Very cool! Didn't realize what a process it was!

    1. Neither did we... but it's fun when you make a party of it.

  3. Oh I am so jealous! I would come help you out in a heartbeat!

    1. I thought of you, old New England girl. Did you ever do this as a kid?

  4. I remember going on school trips to watch Maple Syrup being made, but it looks like you had way more fun than we did! What a wonderful experience for your kids :)

    1. Was that in Canada? Did they let you make Maple Sugar like the Native American's did? My son tried putting a stone in sap and it just got ashy.

  5. Sadly, no. I always wanted to, but it was more work than my parents wanted to put in. I had friends whose parents did though, And they would bring samples to school freshly made. My brother still sends me New England syrup every Christmas.

    1. Well, I'm glad you get to have some every year. I always took it for granted. Now, after making it I realize what a precious treat it really is.

  6. This looks like my kind of fun! Looks like you made tons of great memories and now you have some awesome maple syrup to boot!

    1. We did and we plan to make this an annual event... friends and neighbors had so much fun. We all need to do more things like this.

  7. Thank you for sharing your post with us and I hope to welcome you over at Seasonal Celebration again today! Rebecca @Natural Mothers Network x


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