Maple season usually happens during the spring when nights are below 32 degrees, and the days are starting to get warm. Now it seems the spring might be cooperating. On this weeks Outdoors with Lauren, I learned how to turn maple tree sap into sweet delicious syrup.
Maple syrup producer David Verhage says been making maple syrup for 25 years. He invited me out to his land in Spencer, which is filled with maple trees.
Once we put all the taps in place, Verhage and I went back into the woods to grab some of the buckets off taps he placed earlier. The sap came out as a clear watery liquid. Not at all what I expected.
The process continued in his personalized evaporator. "I bring it back here and dump it into my pan. The pan is 2 feet by 3 feet and that evaporator that I have can boil off about 60 gallons of sap in a 12 hour period." 40 gallons of sap will boil off to 1 gallon of syrup.
After a few finishing touches, the final product is complete, and it's time to reap the benefits of all that work. "Everyone really enjoys the maple syrup that you give it to and it's just a good way to share your labor with someone else."