My Son-in-Law Canned Maple Syrup

@kobesbuddy (127257)
East Tawas, Michigan
June 9, 2021 9:42am CST
Every spring, my son-in-law Christian taps the maple trees on their property. When the containers get full he boiled the maple sap until it turns into maple syrup. Then, he fills mason jars, seals the lids and proudly cans maple syrup for his family. My father use to do this each year and my daughter learned how it's done from her grandpa. Mari Lyn canned maple syrup their first year of marriage. And Christian was eager to learn how it's done. When she stopped doing this because of long shifts at work, Christian continues to this very day! Photo: Mine
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@Sojourn (11196)
• India
9 Jun
Very interesting. I was having an idea that maple syrup is obtained from fruits of maple trees.
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
The maple trees produce sap each spring. It's a watery substance that's extremely sweet. The person puts a drain in the side of each tree, with a bucket attached at the end. As the bucket fills with sap, it's gathered and then boiled, to produce a thick, maple syrup.
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@Sojourn (11196)
• India
9 Jun
@kobesbuddy Yes, I know it now. Just like obtaining rubber from trees, but in this case, it is an edible substance.
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
@Sojourn Yes, the sap looks like clear, running water.
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@spiderdust (10707)
• San Jose, California
9 Jun
My brother made some maple syrup this year! I'm not sure whose trees he got the sap from, and they only ended up with a quart of syrup after all was said and done, but his family had a lot of fun with it.
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
It takes a large amount of sap to make a quart of maple syrup!
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@spiderdust (10707)
• San Jose, California
9 Jun
@kobesbuddy It really does!
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@snowy22315 (115430)
• United States
9 Jun
Isn't that usually done earlier in the spring? They make some here in VA in the high mountains. Most of the state isn't the right temp for it.
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
Our spring came very late this year, because of extremely cold weather. Two weeks ago, we had a hard freeze.
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@snowy22315 (115430)
• United States
9 Jun
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
@snowy22315 Michigan weather is so unpredictable!
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@sallypup (45294)
• Moses Lake, Washington
9 Jun
I love knowing that folks are carrying on such traditions. We used to read a kids book about a family that tapped their maple trees. I'd love some fresh maple syrup.
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
OH it is so delicious, we share a small amount each year.
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@sallypup (45294)
• Moses Lake, Washington
9 Jun
@kobesbuddy You would like the old fashioned book Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson. It is supposed to be a kid's book but it is grand for all ages.
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
@sallypup I'd love to read this book, thanks Lenore!
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@rebelann (85726)
• El Paso, Texas
9 Jun
I'd love to have a maple tree here but it wouldn't survive for very long, trees prefer humidity.
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
Michigan is a very humid state, we are covered with maple and oak trees. @rebelann
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@rebelann (85726)
• El Paso, Texas
10 Jun
Wow, those are beautiful. If not for your winters I'd want to move up there.
@LadyDuck (341703)
• Switzerland
9 Jun
I did not know you had Maple trees. Home made maple syrup must be delicious.
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
The maples where he did this, are 280 miles south of where we live. It's not on our property, in East Tawas.
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@LadyDuck (341703)
• Switzerland
10 Jun
@kobesbuddy I see, I thought it was on your property. Maple syrup is so good, it is expensive here.
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@Tina30219 (70792)
• Onaway, Michigan
9 Jun
That is good he learned and now she has someone else to do it
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
She said working 12 hour shifts, it was impossible for her to keep up. He comes home early, so he does things around the house to help out.
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@Tina30219 (70792)
• Onaway, Michigan
9 Jun
@kobesbuddy That is good.
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@arunima25 (60076)
• Bangalore, India
9 Jun
Oh! That is good. He is doing it so sincerely. Are you going to get some of those??
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
Yes, they give us a jar every year:)
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@arunima25 (60076)
• Bangalore, India
9 Jun
@kobesbuddy That's so good.
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@Rashnag (15288)
• Thane, India
9 Jun
Good to know. Enjoy it. Have a good day
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
Did you actually read it? @Rashnag
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@Rashnag (15288)
• Thane, India
10 Jun
@kobesbuddy yes dear
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@RasmaSandra (42975)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
9 Jun
That is great learning to can maple syrup,
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
10 Jun
I love it on French toast or pancakes!
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@just4him (245761)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Jun
That's great he can make maple syrup.
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
I priced it in the grocery store, it's really expensive! That's why we never buy it:(
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@marlina (125841)
• Canada
9 Jun
My grandpa and some uncles had sugar bush when i was growing up and later my Dad had his own after he retired,
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
This is very interesting, so it can systematically be turned into sugar:)
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@CarolDM (138554)
• United States
9 Jun
We made syrup from sugar cane as a child.
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
That would be excellent on pancakes or French toast:) If we ran out of syrup, Mom would add water with brown sugar and then boil it
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@Ronrybs (11795)
• London, England
9 Jun
I do love maple syrup and would love to be able to collect my own
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
They live in the country, with many maple trees on the back of their property.
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• United States
9 Jun
I hope he shares some of that syrup with you? It sounds delicious!
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
She gives us a jar each summer, which is so delicious!
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@NJChicaa (99460)
• United States
9 Jun
That is a cool tradition
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
9 Jun
My daughter learned a lot of old traditions from my parents. Most of these things, didn't interest me.
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@ladyhero (3608)
• Indonesia
10 Jun
your son-in-law is good at pleasing his parents and in-laws, looks like maple syrup is really good, I've never tried it. is this syrup only for drinking? can be used as a mixture for pancakes or other food ingredients
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
10 Jun
Christian does this for his wife, mostly. It's syrup for pancakes, not a drink.
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@ladyhero (3608)
• Indonesia
10 Jun
@kobesbuddy oh i see
@oahuwriter (14938)
• United States
10 Jun
A sweet family tradition carries on, wonderful!
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
10 Jun
Myself, I've never done this, but my daughter's family loves to.
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@oahuwriter (14938)
• United States
11 Jun
@kobesbuddy Isn't it great the young ones like to carry on family traditions?
@LindaOHio (68089)
• United States
10 Jun
My husband tried it once; but it didn't come out too well.
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
10 Jun
My father burnt the syrup one year, it had a scorched taste.
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@popciclecold (20929)
• United States
9 Jun
Now, rest was a good thing to learn how to do. I would live to see it being done.
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@kobesbuddy (127257)
• East Tawas, Michigan
10 Jun
When my father tapped maple trees, his equipment was simple and old fashioned. The things that Christian uses, were purchased in a store.
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