Making Maple Syrup

Maple Syruping Can Be a
Fun Family Project

Search the Minnesota Visitor Website


Making Maple Syrup 6

Several species of maple trees grow in Minnesota. Though all produce sap suitable for making maple syrup, two species of sugar maple (acer saccharum) and black maple (acer nigrum), are the source of sap for most commercial maple production.

Sap suitable for conversion into syrup may also be obtained from red and silver maples, though such sap usually has a lower sugar content.

Visit Minnesota during the maple sap run to learn how this is done.

Just when winter is leaving Minnesota and the first spring weather appears, the sap begins to run.

A great cure for a winter of staying in is getting out in the woods and makeing maple syrup that you can use in on your pancakes and in maple syrup recipes all year long.

Making Maple Syrup Basics:

Maple sap runs best when daytime temperatures are in the high 30s to mid-40s and overnight temperatures are below freezing. This cycle of above-freezing days and below-freezing nights needs to continue for several days, although nature occasionally has been known to provide a good run under less perfect conditions.

Some sap may flow as early as January or as late as May, but the typical time for a "good" sap run, and for making maple syrup in Minnesota, is March 15 to April 20. Sap is converted to syrup by boiling off most of the water content of the sap, which leaves the sugar and flavor behind. It usually takes 30-40 gallons of sap from a sugar maple to produce one gallon of pure maple syrup.


Maple on Tap: Making Your Own Maple Syrup

Equipment Needed to Gather Maple Sap
and Make Maple Syrup

Making Maple Syrup
  • A drill with a 7/16- or 1/2-inch bit for drilling tap-holes in maple trees.
  • A metal or plastic spout for each tap-hole.
  • A collection bucket, plastic bag or tubing line for each tap-hole.
  • A large kettle and a heat source for boiling down the sap. The size depend on how much sap you intend to boil.
  • A large-scale thermometer calibrated at least 15 degrees above the boiling point of water.
  • Filtering material that can be used for filtering finished syrup while still hot.
  • Storage containers for the finished syrup.

Beginning in early March, Minnesota State Parks will be hosting programs to show you how to tap, collect and process tree sap into syrup.

Visit Cass Lake Minnesota during maple syruping time and you may be able to visit a "sugar camp."

We don't all have the opportunity to make our own maple syrup however we can always indulge in Coombs Family Farms 100% Pure Organic Maple Syrup

Making Maple Syrup


A Great Maple Syrup Making Video


Several places in Minnesota offer opportunities to learn to make maple syrup.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources sponsors many programs for families. This downloadable document will give you a wonderful introduction to the making of maple syrup. 

Maple Syrup Making as a Family Project

Maple Syrup Recipes



Minnesota Recipes


Book Your Minnesota Vacation

Best Prices on Minnesota Hotels at Hotels.Com


Minnesota Vacation Rentals


Shop the Largest Collection of Bed and Breakfast Inns at BedandBreakfast.com


Budget Minnesota Vacation Packages


Check out US Travelers' most wanted destinations!




ACT NOW! Save Up To 70%! For A Limited Time Only At AirportParkingReservations.com!


Ticket Liquidator: Minnesota Events Tickets and Venues Get deeply discounted tickets on top Minnesota sporting events, concerts, and shows. Timberwolves, Golden Gophers, Top Concerts ....More. Continuously Updated with current ticket offers.

Find cheap country music tickets





Minnesota Vacation Rentals by VRBO - Choose a vacation rental in a specific area or get ideas about some of the best Minnesota vacation destinations before you decide. Take a look at some of these fantastic properties and locations for your group of any size.

Lodging in Minnesota - Hotels - Resorts - Bed & Breakfast Inns - Vacation Rentals


Ticket Liquidator: Minnesota Events Tickets and Venues Get deeply discounted tickets on top Minnesota sporting events, concerts, and shows. Timberwolves, Golden Gophers, Top Concerts ....More. Continuously Updated with current ticket offers.


Minnesota Entertainment: Discount tickets to sporting events, concerts and shows. Save up to 50%.

Top Things to Do in Minnesota Every area of Minnesota has unique attractions and activities. This is the best interactive list of the fun to be found everywhere in the state.


Minnesota State Parks: From Afton to Zippel Bay


Made in Minnesota

Minnesota Gifts & Souvenirs

Minnesota Visitor Site Map

About Me


Contact Us

Minnesota Visitor Home Page

Judith Ramsey - Publisher
Copyright © 2005 ~ 2016
All Rights Reserved


Amazon Associates Disclosure
 - Judith Ramsey is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Thank you for supporting this site so I can continue to bring you Visit Minnesota.


Advertise On Visit Minnesota



Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)
Then

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Minnesota Explorer.


Recent Articles

  1. Visit Minnesota

    Aug 18, 17 12:21 PM

    Visit Minnesota vacation travel guide with a focus on the top 10 vacation destinations in Minnesota.

    Read More

  2. Visit a Lake Superior Lighthouse

    Aug 16, 17 10:19 AM

    The most famous Lake Superior lighthouse is the Split Rock lighthouse. Visit it and other Lake Superior lighthouses.

    Read More

  3. 10 Best Vacation Spots in Minnesota - Vacation Travel Guides

    Aug 09, 17 08:16 AM

    Visit the 10 best vacation spots in Minnesota. These vacation travel guides showcase the top ten Minnesota tourist attractions across every region of the state.

    Read More





Advertising Disclosure

Privacy Policy