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Bring on spring with maple syrup

March 19, 2013

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Capture your sap before you end up with sapsicles.

Capture your sap before you end up with sapsicles.

There’s more than one way to get your maple fix, and a maple syrup tasting may help bring on spring. Spending spring break in Montreal and Vermont may prove to be a great way to savor maple from rustic sugar shacks, but locals can also soak up the taste of maple syrup in New York’s Hudson Valley. Big producers make tapping trees look easy, and it’s not complicated, but the process demands patience and attention. You can tap your own trees with the basics, and kits for tapping include spiles and covered buckets. Our primitive maple tapper used existing household items to tap and capture sap.

sap tap

sap tap

 

 

Cold nights and sunny mornings contributed to the success of the process, and boiling the sap down produced light golden maple syrup.

For perfectly pure maple pleasure . . . try this . . . warmed maple syrup drizzled over baby greens.

Make your next tasting a maple fest.

Make your next tasting a maple fest.

The glazed syrup turns out the perfect salad. If you can’t tap your own trees, find a way to welcome spring with pure maple syrup.

Couture’s Maple Shop

The Vermont Country Store

New York Maple

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