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How to Make Maple Syrup!

How to Make Maple Syrup!

By Richard Tomlinsen
By the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to start tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it down, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir - 100% Pure Maple Syrup!

In this 5-part series we are going to cover:
1. How to Identify Maple Trees and When to Collect Sap
2. How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup
3. How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup
4. How to Perfect the Finishing Boil
5. How to Bottle Maple Syrup

Create a new family tradition with this fun and inexpensive hobby!
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Introducing the "How to Make Maple Syrup" Podcast!

How to Make Maple Syrup!

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What is the Maillard Reaction? And How Can I Use it to Make Better Tasting Maple Syrup?
Have you ever wondered why Maple Syrup tastes so good? How about why Maple Syrup is golden brown?  In this episode of the How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast, we go in-depth into the chemistry of what reactions are occurring at the molecular level to give Maple Syrup its exquisite and unique taste! We start out talking about why no batch of Maple Syrup will ever taste exactly the same (and we're okay with that)! We then talk about what Maple Syrup and Self-Tanning lotion have in common. We wrap up by talking about steps you can take to affect the color of your own home-made Maple Syrup. Download a free printable PDF called “How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet” here: https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup For links to the Maple syrup making equipment I use, visit: https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources
08:43
January 18, 2022
Does Tapping Maple Trees Harm Them?
Is making Maple Syrup bad for the Maple Trees? Does drilling a hole in the tree and sucking out its sap, bad for it? Does tapping a Maple tree kill it? How many years can a Maple tree be tapped before it dies? Do Maple trees that are tapped grow slower or live shorter lives than untapped trees? In this episode we go into the details of tapping Maple trees ans answer these questions. We discuss the different methods of tapping trees including the gravity feed and suction methods. We end the conversation by going through the recommended best practices for ensuring a long and healthy life for your Maple trees. Download a free PDF called “How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet” here: https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup For links to the Maple syrup making equipment I use, visit: https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources
11:17
January 11, 2022
How to Make Crystal Clear Maple Syrup
Does your Maple Syrup have a bunch of crude settled on the bottom of the jar? Do you hesitate to give away or sell your syrup because it doesn’t ‘look good enough’? Do friends and family ask you if it is safe to eat because there looks like mold on the bottom of your Maple Syrup jars? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the episode for you! In this 10th installment of the “How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast,” we go into a very detailed explanation about where “Niter” comes from and what it is composed of. We walk through the filtering steps that allow you to achieve crystal clear Delicious Maple Syrup that you can be proud to display! We end the conversation by talking about the most common mistake made when filtering that leads to sugar-sand still appearing in the bottom of Maple Syrup jars, even though the syrup was filtered multiple times! For links to purchase the refractometer, mesh filters, and synthetic filter we talk about in this episode, go to: https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources Want to get started making your own Delicious Maple Syrup? Click here to get started and download the "How to Make Maple Syrup - Cheat Sheet"! https://practicalmechanic.com/MapleSyrup
09:14
January 04, 2022
The Million Dollar Maple Syrup Heist of 2021!
What series of events led to the largest disappearance of Maple Syrup on record? We discuss the Canadian Crime of the Century in this episode!   Follow along as we step through the process by which a small band of misfits was able to outwit the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, resulting in 18 million dollars' worth of missing Maple Syrup.  At the end of the episode, we dig into the deep-seated feelings as to why this may have happened. And, what ever happened to the insurance payout?  Interested in learning more about the Great Maple Syrup Heist of 2012? Check out this excellent documentary on the subject:   https://youtu.be/adCQ9cwYA8o     Want to get started making your own Delicious Maple Syrup? Click here to get started and download the "How to Make Maple Syrup - Cheat Sheet"!   https://practicalmechanic.com/MapleSyrup     Note: All parties represented in this podcast are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
09:20
December 28, 2021
What is the "Jones Rule of 86"? And how can you use it to make better Maple Syrup?
What is the Jones Rule of 86? Originally written about in a paper in 1933 by Charles Howland Jones, the name "Jones Rule of 86" was not coined until 1946. In this episode we discuss how the Rule came into being and how it is used in producing maple syrup. We also get into the details of where the number 86 comes from and why it is so prominent on this field. We finish the episode by going into why the "Rule of 86" has fallen out of favor and has been replaced by the "Rule of 87"...       Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here: https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup For links to the equipment I use for boiling Maple Syrup, visit: https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources       For more information on the details of what was discussed, view the blog post on this topic:   https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/       https://practicalmechanic.com/2020/04/10/faqs-on-boiling-maple-syrup/
10:32
December 21, 2021
Easy and Free Way to Increase the Sugar Content of Your Maple Sap
How can you decrease the amount of time (and money) you need to spend boiling your Maple Sap? In this podcast episode, I give you a super simple (and free) way to increase the sugar content of your Maple Sap, before you even start boiling! Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here: https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup      For links to the equipment I use for boiling Maple Syrup, visit:      https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources       For more information on the details of what was discussed, view the blog posts on these topics: https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-tap-maple-trees-for-sap/ https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/ https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-perfect-the-finishing-boil/ Thanks for listening! Richard Tomlinsen
10:46
December 14, 2021
How to Make Your Own Maple Syrup for Less than One Dollar
“What if I invest in a bunch of equipment, and then decide I don’t actually like making Maple Syrup?”  In this podcast episode, I give you a super simple (and inexpensive) way to try out making Maple Syrup with almost no investment whatsoever!  You will still need access to a Maple Tree (any type is fine) round-about mid-March, as well as a few simple supplies (you probably have them lying around the house…), and then you can try out “Maple-Sugaring” to see if you actually enjoy it! We’ll also talk about how much it actually costs to make your own maple syrup (once you decide to take the plunge). We’ll go through startup costs as well as recurring costs.       Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:      https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup      For links to the equipment I use for boiling Maple Syrup, visit:      https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources      To read the blog posts on these topics, visit:      https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-tap-maple-trees-for-sap/      https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/      https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-perfect-the-finishing-boil/      Ep006 - How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast - How to Make Maple Syrup for Less than One Dollar!
12:47
December 06, 2021
How to Perfect the Finishing Boil for Maple Syrup
In this episode, we discuss: How do you know when your Maple Syrup is done? What is the best way to measure the exact sugar content (brix) of your Maple Syrup? How and when to bottle your Maple Syrup?  Why is some Maple Syrup so dark?       Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here: https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup For links to the equipment I use for boiling Maple Syrup, visit:      https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources        To read the blog posts on these topics, visit:       https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-tap-maple-trees-for-sap/       https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/       https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-perfect-the-finishing-boil/       My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir! I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes! Why am I doing this? I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other! Thanks for listening! Richard Tomlinsen
19:24
November 29, 2021
How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup
In this episode, we discuss the different methods of boiling Maple Sap, and the boiling method I use (and why). We also answer the questions: How long does it take to boil Maple Syrup? When do I stop boiling Maple Syrup? Can you stop boiling and then start up again? Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:      https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup       For links to the equipment I use for boiling Maple Syrup, visit:      https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources      To read the blog posts on these topics, visit:      https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-tap-maple-trees-for-sap/      https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/      https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-perfect-the-finishing-boil/      My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir! I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes! Why am I doing this? I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other! Thanks for listening! Richard Tomlinsen
15:48
November 24, 2021
How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup
In this episode, we discuss: When to start tapping Maple Trees, How Long does the Maple Sap Tapping Season Last? How deep to set your spiles (taps)? How to store Maple Sap until you are ready to Boil. Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here:      https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup      For links to the equipment I use for boiling Maple Syrup, visit:       https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrupresources       To read the blog posts on these topics, visit:       https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-tap-maple-trees-for-sap/       https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-boil-sap-for-maple-syrup/        https://practicalmechanic.com/2019/04/08/making-maple-syrup-how-to-perfect-the-finishing-boil/       My name is Richard Tomlinsen, and in this series, I am going to walk through, in detail, the super easy steps to follow to make your own delicious Maple Syrup! My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir! In this series we cover the following topics: 1. How to Identify and When to Collect Sap (What kinds of Maples can produce Syrup? How many do you need?) 2. How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup (Including best practices for keeping your trees healthy!) 3. How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup (Easiest methods and how long it will take!) 4. How to Perfect the Finishing Boil (Take the guesswork out of "When is my syrup done?") 5. How to Bottle Maple Syrup (Tips for bottling Maple Syrup for your Family and Friends!) I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes! Why am I doing this? I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other!
10:02
November 17, 2021
Identifying Maple Trees, Sugar Content, and Taste
In this episode, we'll discuss:  1. How to identify maple trees and some specifics of the different varieties. 2. The sugar content of different Maple Trees. 3. How sugar content varies over the season and from year to year. 3. We'll then talk to Rachel and get her take on the taste of Maple Syrup from different Maple Trees. Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here: https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup Welcome to the "How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast"! My name is Richard Tomlinsen, and in this series I am going to walk through, in detail, the super easy steps to follow to make your own delicious Maple Syrup! My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir! In this 5-part series we are going to cover the following topics: 1. How to Identify and When to Collect Sap (What kinds of Maples can produce Syrup? How many do you need?) 2. How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup (Including best practices for keeping your trees healthy!) 3. How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup (Easiest methods and how long it will take!) 4. How to Perfect the Finishing Boil (Take the guesswork out of "When is my syrup done?") 5. How to Bottle Maple Syrup (Tips for bottling Maple Syrup for your Family and Friends!) I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes! Why am I doing this? I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other!
13:19
November 11, 2021
Introducing the "How to Make Maple Syrup" Podcast!
Welcome to the "How to Make Maple Syrup Podcast"!  My name is Richard Tomlinsen, and in this 5 episode series I am going to walk through, in detail, the super easy steps to follow to make your own delicious Maple Syrup! Download the FREE - How to Make Maple Syrup Cheat Sheet found here: https://practicalmechanic.com/maplesyrup In this episode, I want to introduce myself to you, as well as my assistant (my daughter, Rachel) and provide a little bit of background on the art of Making Maple Syrup, and who this podcast is for. We will also set the stage for the next several episodes where we will dive into the specific steps.  My Goal is that by the end of listening to this series, you will have all of the information you need to get started tapping your maple trees, collecting the sap, boiling it, and finally performing the finishing boil in order to bottle that perfect golden elixir! In this 5-part series we are going to cover the following topics: 1. How to Identify and When to Collect Sap (What kinds of Maples can produce Syrup? How many do you need?) 2. How to Tap Maple Trees for Maple Syrup (Including best practices for keeping your trees healthy!) 3. How to Boil Sap for Maple Syrup (Easiest methods and how long it will take!) 4. How to Perfect the Finishing Boil (Take the guesswork out of "When is my syrup done?") 5. How to Bottle Maple Syrup (Tips for bottling Maple Syrup for your Family and Friends!) I hope you have as much fun listening as we are having making these episodes! Why am I doing this? I love making maple syrup! It has been a tradition in my family ever since I was very young, and it brings so much joy to our family! I hope to bring that joy to you as well! I hope that after you have listened to this podcast series, you will be equipped with how to start a fun, inexpensive hobby that you can do with your family and friends to draw closer to each other!
11:21
November 05, 2021