Completed Maple Syrup

This morning we completed 4 quarts of pure Maple Syrup. The early season maple syrup is very sweet with very little maple flavor. In fact it is so sweet you could almost use it as a sugar substitute. I use it in hot tea instead of sugar or honey. In order to get 4 quarts of syrup, I started boiling the maple sap on Tuesday evening and each evening for 3-4 hours the rest of the week and then for 10-12 hours on Saturday. Since the ratio of sap to syrup is 40 to 1, I boiled approximately 40 gallons of sap to get the 1 gallon of maple syrup. ┬áIt is a lot of effort but the reward is great. I can’t wait to try some on pancakes or hot oatmeal.