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Old 01-02-2017, 1:50 PM
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Default Big leaf maple and harvesting sap

Got a few trees so I tapped them. In a weeks time from only 2 tape I got 10 gallons sap.

First attempt at boiling down the sap ended in disaster as I got distracted and sap got burnt.

Set 10 taps and the buckets are filling fast as we are having a cold snap.

Found one tree that was oozing so much sap the trunk is basically covered in candy and there is a big sappy mud puddle around the base.

I licked the tree trunk ... my kids think I'm insane but it was damned tasty!


Got the boiling pot cleaned up so next week we take care and make syrup!
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Send some my way and ill make 50lbs of maple bacon
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Oh please oh please take a picture of that tree. I got two taps for Christmas, I know it's in a big leaf maple but I'm not quite sure what I'm looking for.
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Old 01-03-2017, 10:02 AM
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Sharkmansam the best thing to do is mark the trees when they still have leaves.

The big maple leaves are a dead giveaway. I can't tell the trees by looking at the bark - my trees all have moss so can' t see bark anyway ...
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