By this time last year Maple Syrup season was over and done with.
This year it’s still going strong, so today I am making maple syrup.
While I tend to my syrup like a good little pioneer, here are some numbers to explain the mystery of 100% pure Maple Syrup a little bit.
(numbers vary depending on the weather)
- It takes 10 gallons of sap to make 4 cups of Maple Syrup.
- It takes 1 week to collect 10 gallons of sap from my single maple tree.
- That means you can produce 4 cups per week, for around 3 weeks, resulting in 12 bottles of syrup a year from one tree. (if that tree is producing very well)
- A 33,000 BTU burner that attaches to a propane tank to evaporate the sap. It speeds up the evaporation process.
- On a cold day it takes 9 hours to evaporate 10 gallons of sap outside.
- Then it takes another 1-2 hours inside on the stove to turn it into syrup.
- A minimum of 3 fingers are chopped off anyone who tries to steal a bottle of my syrup.