This is my 3rd year sugaring. 1st year 5 taps just for our own use. 2nd year 30 taps and had some to sell. This year 80 taps. I cheat on the boiling, a neighbor does it on shares(1/2).
Maple syrup. I've not read up on maple sugar, is that a thing?So you guys are making your own sugar?
I doubt I'll make money this year even without having the expense of the evaporator and everything that goes with it.But like venison, homemade syrup can be very expensive ounce per ounce, gotta do it for the love of it. Plus it's a great shtf skill and capability to have. Pretty easy.
And if you wanted to do it on the cheap, you could, just not as easily.
Maple sugar is made by boiling the syrup down even further until its crystals.Maple syrup. I've not read up on maple sugar, is that a thing?
Wife and I were with a bunch of old people on a bus tour of Northeast for fall foliage, one of the stops was a maple syrup farm. Been doing a a gallon or two every year since. Fun hobby, and the syrup is better than that corn shit ya buy in the store.
The people near us that do it had a gas evaporator but got rid of it, they say the flavor is better with wood. I'll trust them because theirs is darn good.Propane be expensive. And ya gotta boil 40 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup. A big flat shallow pan is a lot faster/better than a regular stock pot like what comes with a turkey fryer.