Saturday, April 21, 2007

Liquid Gold


My darling husband thought it would be neat to give our student from South Korea a truly "Canadian" experience. Hubby took it upon himself to tap some of our maple trees and make maple syrup for the first time!!! Yippeeeeeeee! It was quite the exciting process and I didn't realize just how labour intensive the process actually is! I think he said it's something like 40 L of sap collected to make 1 L of maple syrup??? I think the ratio is 40:1, but I'm not sure. We sampled the syrup and it is sooooooooooo good!

I can't wait to have pancakes for breakfast tomorrow!!! LOL!
Nuthin' says I love you better than a jar of sweet, golden (okay, amber) homemade maple syrup!!!

13 comments:

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

That's SO darned cool! Enjoy!

ahappilymarriedmommy said...

We're all coming over for pancakes tomorrow morning! You've got freshly squeezed orange juice - no pulp, right?

t said...

Hah! Hah! So that's what they mean when they say "you've got yourself a Sugar Daddy!" :o) Get it? OK that wasn't funny was it?

Save me some of that maple syrup. We;ll be coming up this summer girly girl!

Diesel said...

Mmmmm. Real maple syrup is the best.

Chrissy121875 said...

J:
Thanks! I think it's pretty neat :) When I was a kid, growing up in Quebec, we used to go to the "cabane a sucre" (sugar shack) every year with our school. We'd learn how to make maple syrup and then have a big Quebecois breakfast (eggs, pancakes, toast, bacon, sausages, etc) and put maple syrup all over everything! Another thing we used to do was to pour syrup all over fresh (clean!) snow and take popcicle sticks and wrap the 'taffy' on the sticks and eat it. Whenever I think of my childhood, the sugar shack trips always come to mind :)

AHMM:
LOL! Sure! What time are you coming over? ;) Oh, and yes...no pulp! I don't really like pulp in my orange juice.

T:
You are too funny! Sure, I'll set aside a jar of syrup for you :)

Diesel:
Right, you are!

Curiosity.Killer said...

OH YUM!!!! FRESH MAPLE SYRUP?!!! Can I bring a bottle back to Hong Kong when I come visit? LOL

japanmanpete said...

100% Pure Canadian Maple Syrup, EH? Youshould market and sell your syrup. The Japanese just love that stuff here. Some of the Canadian teachers here always get their families to send over boxes of maple syrup, maple cookies and ice wine!

Chrissy121875 said...

Curiosity:
For sure! I'll put one aside for you now :) Can't wait to see you for your annual girls' weekend on Manitizzle!

Pete:
We aren't doing anything large scale. We just made some for our consumption and for friends and family. It may be something to consider way, way, way down the road though. Right now it's just for ourselves. Oh, and I used to get my mom to send me care packages too! She used to send maple cookies because all my co-workers and students loved the stuff! Too sweet for me, but they enjoyed it. BTW, I didn't think you were allowed to send alcohol in a care package. Are you sure their parents shipped over ice wine too?

Karen MEG said...

I just made pancakes for the kiddies this morning and was thinking about your maple syrup. The Aunt Jemima was just not cutting it after I read your post! How scrumptious!!

Chrissy121875 said...

Karen:
LOL! Thanks! Come on over with your hubby and kiddies! I'll make pancakes to go with Hubby's maple syrup! We had some this morning for breakfast, and it was sooooo good! :)

Uncivil said...

I'm drooling on the keyboard! I just love pancakes and maple syrup.
Lucky you!!!!!!!!!

Chrissy121875 said...

Uncivil:
LOL! Thanks :) Me too! I feel like having pancakes NOW!

hotmommy said...

You guys should bottle your syrup and sell it! You can buys some cute little maple syrup bottles inexpensively.

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