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Thread: Maple syrup

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    I have 2 White Mullberry in my yard..... Love the looks of the trees and the birds & Squirrels love them ! They sort of protect my other crops so I keep them. Fruits are so sweet the make me wince! I bet they can be fermented however! Then they would sooth the pallet! The wood makes nice chisel handels!
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    They do make good jelly and wine. I don't like the jam for the seeds.
    It's easy to get a large bunch especially at my place. Just spread out a tarp under the trees and bump them with the loaded tractor and the berries drop like hail

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lead pot View Post
    Are any of you making Syrup?
    The sap is running slow this year. I don't know if the unusually warm winter has started the sap to run early with the early warm spells or what is going on. The sap from the Walnut trees are doing fair but not the Maples. I did not tap any Boxelders so I cant say what they are doing.
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    Your tapping Walnuts and box elders? Family at home in VT say they have made a bunch of syrup so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lead pot View Post
    I have a bunch of Mulberry trees I cant get killed off unless I take the backhoe and dig out the roots. Even when I cut them off and drill 1/2" holes in the stump and pour straight Roundup in the holes they still grow back out. I never taped one but the sap sure does flow when they get nicked by the tractor.
    They are like a thistle, grow every place where the birds roost.
    It seems to me that I saw a listed use for either 2-4d or 2-5t weed killer used straight in a cattle syringe injected in the cambium layer (just under the bark, where the sap moves), you can kill just about any tree. Tree is dead all the way to the roots, no suckers. Try a search for killing trees with a syringe. I tried and found a place the recommends glyphosate (Roundup if you want to buy name brand).

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    TNX. 15m I will look in to that. I pull them out by hand when they are small saplings and even then they have long yellow round roots like snakes. Even the old trees when I dig them out have very flexible round roots. But I will look in on this.

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    Mulberry Melomel(mead) is good stuff. I made a batch last fall. White ones might make an interesting wine...

    Quote Originally Posted by JWFilips View Post
    I have 2 White Mullberry in my yard..... Love the looks of the trees and the birds & Squirrels love them ! They sort of protect my other crops so I keep them. Fruits are so sweet the make me wince! I bet they can be fermented however! Then they would sooth the pallet! The wood makes nice chisel handels!

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    UUUUUH sounds like agent Orange

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    Bobo's Mountain Sugar http://www.bobosmountainsugar.com/

    Dang! That is good stuff.

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    The maples took off again after having a couple nights down in the lower teens and a warm spell Sunday. I left the taps in and had 5 gallon water cans and a gallon milk jug on one tree. When I saw the milk jug full running over I emptied the cans and ended up with about 14 or 15 gallons of sap. I cooked it down yesterday and finished it up in a glass pot on the range last night but I over cooked it and this morning I found the pot was solid sugar, hard sugar. I broke it up and it softened it some. I hope I get enough sap yet today so I can re do this batch and get it soften up. Lesson learned, don't turn your back on the pot and turn around when you smell maple burning on the burner
    Don't ever let someone discourage you from late drawing sap after the buds are out and say you don't get the sugar late in the season. This is a lot of sugar from 19 gallons of sap.


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    Well folks here is the finished product. I took the batch that got away from me and turned to sugar and I collected some more sap, about two gallons and put the sugar batch back in the pot with the sap and let it cook for a while filtering it twice and let it cook down a bit. It turned out very good with excellent flavor.
    Kurt


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