Last updated February 13, 2005
Today I took a chance, and tried making Maple Cream from some of my
maple syrup. Knowing that the syrup has to be heated to 234
degrees Fahrenheit, and that my thermometer was off just a bit, I made
the attempt. I heated the syrup to 230 on my thermometer,
then cooled it to below 100 with a water bath. I then went to
stirring with the wooden spoon. I stirred for the better part of
half an hour, and seemingly got nowhere. I started using
the small hand mixer, with which I could barely dip it into, without
slowing and burning out the motor. I kept at it, and at about one
hour of total stirring time, it turned! I got a little over a
pint of finished cream from a little over a quart of syrup. The
consistency and flavor are very good, with no
crystallization. If I had more syrup I would attempt
another batch, but I don't know that any I have left would make
cream. I will have to wait till next year.
end of Spokane's Maple Syrup Season
Well it has been the best season on record for this little
producer. The final tally on syrup produced is 216 ounces.
Adding in the 32 ounce burned, would bring the total to 248 ounces of
finished maple syrup that this little maple produced. That is
just 4 ounces shy of making a full gallon of maple syrup per tap.
I could produce one more batch, just top make it a gallon per tap, but
it is turning "buddy" so I am hanging it up for the season. Stay
tuned for big improvements to next years evaporation and monitoring
system. Hopefully I will have an alarm to keep me from burning up
a batch of syrup next year.
Maple Syrup Season is here!!!!
Finally, the maple syrup season has come to this state. I will
post pictures on Thursday evening of the maple syrup and of
cooking. Stand by! I am fairly certain, that I will
shatter the Washington Maple syrup production record this year!
January 30, 2005
Okay, I finally have some pictures here for you from the 2005
season! Here they are..... Click on the picture to enlarge
This page is dedicated to documenting my endeavors of making maple
syrup in Washington State. I grew up in Wisconsin, making maple
syrup every spring. When I moved to Idaho, and later to
Washington, I really started missing producing maple syrup. In
the winter of 2003, my wife and I bought our first home. Low and
behold, the neighbor behind us had a nice maple tree in her back yard
right next to our yard. I asked if I could tap the tree, and she
agreed to let me tap it. I didn't catch the season in that year,
due to moving in. In 2004 though I caught the season and produced
my first batch of pure Washington maple syrup. I cooked many
hours that year, averaging about 5 hours per batch. A batch only
added up to about 1/2 a pint...... I had a whopping 2 taps from which
to make syrup. These two taps gave me about 60 ounces of maple
syrup in 2004. This was not going to be a money making endeavor,
I'll give you that! I certainly was able to enjoy the
production of maple syrup again though, albeit not on as large a scale
as I was used to.... To view the pictures from the first year in
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After the season I ordered a new stainless pan to replace the small
lasagna pan I had been using. The new pan has twice as much
surface area to evaporate sap with, so it should speed the process
greatly. I will still fire with wood this year, but I plan to
have a propane burner set up for next year, just for convenience.
January 26, 2005
I finally made my first and second batches of syrup! I
tapped the Sugar maple yesterday morning, and got over 7 gallons of
sap, making almost an entire quart of maple syrup. Today I got
just under 7 gallons of sap, and made just over 1 1/2 pints of
syrup. The grade yesterday was likely light amber, as is todays
batch. It has great flavor as well. One more day like the
last two, and I will have more than I made all last year!!!
January 23, 2005
Well, I am getting nervous. It is still very early, so no
need, but weather like today makes you ask WHY isn't it
running!!!!! It must be almost 50 degrees, and sunny.... No
wind... Perfect weather for getting loads of sap.... We will
see. It is supposed to cool off this week. I will probably
tap my remaining two trees about mid week.
No sap yesterday, it cleared
off too late in the day.
Today is another foggy day. We will concentrate on getting
evaporator set up so we are ready for the season, when it finally
January 20, 2005
No sap yet from the silver
maple. Today was overcast, so
it wasn't surprising. Tomorrow, it is supposed to be partly
cloudy, so maybe some sap will come. After that however, it
supposed to rain for a few days. I will wait for maybe a week
tap the other two trees.
I tapped the first of three trees tonight! Wyatt and Coty
me tap! The weather forecast is calling for sap weather in
coming few days, so I tapped one of the silver maples to get an
indication of when the run will start. I will tap the other
maples when I start getting sap from this one. I
Maple Syrup Season is
I will soon be making maple syrup again in Washington
The sugaring season begins nearly a month before the season in
Wisconsin. Last year I started a bit late, catching
last week of the season. I still made a bit of syrup, but
hopefully this year, I will make a whole gallon from my whopping two
In case you missed last years pictures, here are a couple of teasers
from last year's production.....
I ended up producing just shy of two quarts from my two taps last
year. Hopefully I will make over a gallon this
Do you know anyone who makes
maple syrup in Washington??
If you know of anyone who makes maple syrup in Washington, or another
western state, I would like to hear from you! I am sure there
aren't many others, but there has to be someone else here making syrup,
doesn't there? Email me if you know of anyone else crazy as I am
to make syrup here!