Sunday, March 27, 2011

Evaporator

Happy Maine Maple Sugar Sunday!
I stopped over to my friend JP's house last night to watch a little 'Madness' and check out his new evaporator, made by his father-in-law, for his maple sugar operation. I learned a few things about 'sugaring' in the process. First of all, you don't need towering, wide-body maples to get yourself a lot of sap, and this device (pictured here) is the mainstay of the whole procedure. The evaporator holds a strong fire below and gallons of sap juice above in a tray. A constant, steady fire and a watchful eye on keeping a full tray of sap boiling is what you need to get yourself this bottled sweetness. It's not a huge, elaborate process, like many of the sugar houses opening their doors to the public today, but it gets the job done. By the looks of the standing bottles of maple syrup he's processed already, JP will be tasting fruits of this labor for some time to come. Pass the pancakes, please!

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21 comments:

  1. An interesting process for sure and even better product.

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  2. Love seeing this set-up; I can smell that maple syrup . . .mmm.
    Re: your Q about Portland visit - we hope to stop there briefly on our way to Camden end of July. Hoping to see brattcat first.

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  3. So, it doesn't come out of the tree ready to eat? :-)

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  4. LOVE, LOVE seeing these slices of Americana. Please keep them coming!!!

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  5. Shame on you! I've already had breakfast and here you are interfering with the hunger center in my brain!

    P.S. Azaleas have no scent. If they did, all of Nacogdoches County would be drunk by now!

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  6. I would like to see this process in person...

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  7. The end result sounds wonderful. I hope you have a great time.

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  8. When can we get a sample tasting? :D

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  9. I don't know anyone who makes sugar anymore or syrup. I think it wears most enthusiastic people out. It is a lot of work. And yes it was snow.

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  10. I had to google evaporator to learn more about that, because I didn't know of that process before reading this post.

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  11. Never tried maple syrup, must do so one of these days!
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  12. My mouth is watering. I'll take mine of waffles, please.

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  13. Yummy! I am going to do salmon tonight with a maple syrup glaze - can't wait.

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  14. Learn something new every day! I had no idea how that stuff got into Aunt Jemima's bottle!
    V

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  15. This is fascinating! I might just have to have some pancakes for supper now.

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  16. I bet the fresh syrup is very tasty!

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  17. Sounds very ingenious. Would I be correct in thinking that big white thing is a maple branch? It looks like a cake with icing sugar on top.
    Melbourne Daily Photo

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  18. Your recent posts have made me long for good maple syrup!

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  19. Raised in Michigan where maple syrup is produced in large quantities by small farms. Wish I could reach out from KY and buy some. Your post brought back my Michigan memories. -- barbara

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