Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Making REAL Maple Syrup

The sap boiling away in the Evaporator

Our fresh supply of real maple syrup!

As a family, we make REAL homemade maple syrup at the end of each winter when the sap starts a runnin'! When we ran out at the end of this past November we were in a pinch and had to buy from the store. It was a huge reality check!

In one 12 ounce, store bought bottle (which by the way is only 2% REAL maple syrup) there were 35 grams of sugar, with the first ingrediant being High Fructose Corn Syrup. The next ingrediants...corn syrup, added water, maple syrup, cellulose gum, artificial flavoring, various preservatives, and added caramel color! Wow, isn't that a mouthful!?!?

Now I know not everyone has the supplies, nor the time or trees for that matter, to make your own real maple syrup. But all this being said, I cannot stress enough how much better for you the real stuff is! I strongly suggest finding a local producer of it to purchase from. It can even be used in recipes in place of sugar!

Thankfully, my hubby has the dedication to the farm and working hard to tap the trees, collect the sap, and spend hours boiling it down into delicious, natural, real maple syrup! This year we invited my sister-in-law and her family up to join us in the boiling! Our own "Sap Party" if you will! Time spent making memories, while producing something we can be proud of! (hubby did most of the work!)

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