Maple syrup is a delicious and natural sweetener that has been enjoyed for centuries — and at Brookfield Maple Products, we’re proud to carry some of the absolute best maple products you’ll find anywhere. But have you ever wondered how this amazing golden liquid is made? In today’s post, we will explore the fascinating process of making maple syrup and uncover a few key things you should know. Learn more below, then explore our maple syrup, maple candy, and our other great maple products to experience the deliciousness for yourself!
Tapping the Trees
The process begins in late winter or early spring, when the sap begins to flow in maple trees. Tapping the trees involves drilling a small hole into the trunk and inserting a spout or spile. The sap then drips into a collection container, which is typically a bucket or plastic tubing system. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to produce just one gallon of maple syrup!
Boiling the Sap
Once the sap is collected, it must be boiled to remove the excess water and concentrate the sugars. The sap is transferred to large evaporator pans, where it is heated over a fire. As the water evaporates, the sap becomes thicker and sweeter. This boiling process can take several hours, and the syrup is carefully monitored to ensure it reaches the desired consistency and flavor.
Filtering and Packaging
After the syrup reaches the desired consistency, it is filtered to remove any impurities or sediment. This step ensures that the final product is smooth and clear. The syrup is then carefully packaged into bottles or containers, ready to be enjoyed on pancakes, waffles, or desserts.
Grading and Quality
Maple syrup is graded based on its color and flavor profile. The grades include Golden, Amber, Dark, and Very Dark. Each grade has its own distinctive taste and can be used in a variety of culinary applications — and we carry each grade of maple syrup in our online store!
Understanding how maple syrup is made enriches our appreciation for this sweet delight. Thankfully, now that you know, you can enjoy a variety of delicious maple products from our family-owned and operated maple farm. So the next time you drizzle that golden goodness on your pancakes, you can savor it even more knowing the hard work and craftsmanship behind it. Explore the entire selection of products from Brookfield Maple Products, then place your order today!