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How long does it take to boil down maple syrup?

Fill a boiling pot with 5 gallons of sap. Boil the sap for approximately 4 hours. When you have about a half gallon left in the pot, finish boiling on a stove. The syrup is done when it reaches 219°F or 66% sugar content.

Is it safe to boil maple syrup?

To make maple syrup, the excess water is boiled from the sap. It takes 40 parts maple sap to make 1 part maple syrup (10 gallons sap to make 1 quart syrup). Because of the large quantity of steam generated by boiling sap, it is not recommended to boil indoors.

What happens when you boil maple syrup?

How does boiling the sap change its consistency? When a sugary solution is heated, some of the water evaporates, and this makes the sugar more concentrated in the solution and the overall product thicker. As the heated maple syrup cools, sugar molecules (the smallest particles of the sugar) can form crystals.

What temperature does maple syrup turn to Candy?

246 degrees F
Bring the maple syrup to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat, then reduce the heat to medium low. Dip the back of a spoon in vegetable oil and run it over the top of the foam to help it subside. Increase the heat to medium and continue cooking until a candy thermometer registers 246 degrees F, 25 to 30 minutes.

How much maple syrup do you get from 5 gallons of sap?

But just as an FYI – 5 gallons of sap usually end up resulting in approximately 16oz maple syrup. If you tap one sugar maple tree you will normally get about 10-20 gallons of sap in a season.

What happens as the candy maker boils the sugar syrup?

As a sugar syrup is cooked, water boils away, the sugar concentration increases, and the temperature rises. For example, at 235° F, the syrup is at the “soft-ball” stage. That means that when you drop a bit of it into cold water to cool it down, it will form a soft ball.

What happens if you boil maple sap too long?

A hydrometer measures the amount of sugar in the syrup. When the sap reaches 66.9% sugar, it is then maple syrup. Maple syrup that is boiled too long will crystallize and maple syrup that isn’t boiled long enough will spoil quickly and will be watery because the concentration of sugar in the syrup will be too low.

Should you boil cloudy sap?

But sap will spoil (it gets cloudy and off-tasting) if it is left too long in storage. So use your judgment as to when you should start boiling based on these facts. It is possible to boil down sap into partial batches of syrup. These semi-finished batches usually will store better than raw sap.

Is cloudy maple sap OK to boil?