How to Make Maple Syrup
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Maple syrup is delicious. This is an incontrovertible law of nature. It’s great on pancakes, waffles, in baked goods and nothing, absolutely nothing can adequately replace it. Maple-flavored corn syrup? Please. Maple essence? It’s good as an extra kick when you already have maple syrup, but on it’s own, no way. There is only one thing to use when your recipes call for maple syrup and that’s the real thing.
But how do we get it? A lot of folks know that it comes from maple trees, but how does it come out? Is there a berry or something that we squeeze for syrup? Do we boil the bark or grind up the leaves?
Well, maybe no one thinks that. Maple syrup comes from maple sap, which is collected from the tree in winter and then boiled until most of its liquid is boiled off. We take a lot of sap and turn it into a small amount of maple syrup.