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5 Things to Know Before and When You Tap

Have a maple tree on your property or thinking of growing one to make your own maple syrup?

The SAPJACK Organic Maple Syrup crew salutes you. For real…what’s more satisfying than the true taste that nature intended?

While tapping a tree and boiling down sap seems simple, it’s not as easy as hanging a bucket. Our maple masters spent years understanding how to keep our trees happy. So here are five basic things they say are important up until and during the tapping process.

SIZE UP THE RIGHT TREE

Make sure your maple is large enough to be tapped.
Whether you have a tree on your property or are thinking of planting one yourself, it’s important to know that maple tree size is crucial in determining whether it can be tapped. A tree should be at least 10 inches in diameter, measured at 4-1/2 feet from the ground before it gets its first tap.

If you’re growing one yourself, know that these beauties grow to 65-70 feet tall and need space up top and plenty of soil.

Already have an adult tree on your property and wondering how many taps it can accommodate? Keep reading.


USE THE RIGHT NUMBER OF TAPS

Keep your tree happy by following these rules.
More taps aren’t always a good thing. In fact, it can be harmful to your maple tree. Use the following to determine how many taps a particular tree can handle.

  • Trees between 10-20 inches should have no more than one tap.
  • Trees between 20-25 inches can have two taps.
  • Trees over 25 inches can handle three taps but NO TREE should have more than three.


MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE DRILL

Avoid injuring the tree and maximize yield.
Our crew taps and untaps all our trees EVERY YEAR. You should too because it keeps the trees healthier and happier.

When you’re ready to tap, look for unblemished bark (aka: avoid old tap areas) and drill a hole using a sharp drill bit with a diameter of 7/16 inches. Drill two inches deep for a standard spout and always make the taphole level and horizontal (not at an angle) to ensure the best yield.

Never drill closer than two feet directly over or under former tapholes and no closer than six inches from the side of an old taphole.


CAREFULLY INSERT SPOUT

Avoid damaging the tree at the moment of truth.

They don’t call it “tapping” for nothing, right?

Take care to lightly tap in the spout so that it is tight enough and cannot be pulled out easily by hand.

Plan to tap during days that are above freezing to further minimize the risk of splitting the tree. Remember to pull your taps at the end of the season to ensure your maple heals up.


KEEPING THINGS FRESH DURING COLLECTION

Don’t waste a drop of sap or get it contaminated.

It’s not as simple as hanging a bucket on the hook of the spout and chilling out.

Make sure your collection receptacle is covered, so rain, snow and other falling goodies don’t find their way into the sap.

And once sap is flowing, you’ll want to check your sap bucket often. Once it’s full you’ll want to boil it as soon as you can. Sap left in the sun can sour, so collect it regularly and keep it in cold storage.



Seem like a lot of work?

Well…this doesn’t even cover the evaporating process! It’s a labor of love and it’s well worth it if you’ve got the right trees, know-how and motivation!

If you’re lacking any of those things, you’ll be sappy to know SAPJACK has you covered with a full lineup of organic maple products.

So, feel free to enjoy the shade of your maple and while you’re at it, we’ll be up here working to deliver you the true taste of the forest.

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Maple Martini

Hosting a party and want to offer your guests a sophisticatedly sweet adult beverage option? Make this sweet martini!

Enjoy our martini recipe with some SAPJACK Vanilla maple syrup and you and your friends can pretend like you’re in Sex in the City all night long.


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It’s the Sappiest Day of the Year for our crew up in Island Pond, VT.

Each and every year around this time our crew gets together to celebrate the sweetest day of the year.

Yup – that’s right. It’s National Maple Syrup Day — a day where we celebrate how the trees grow and the sap flows. Where hugging a tree is totally normal and getting a little sappy is A-OK.   

And since it is THE DAY where we all should rejoice in the sweet wonderment that is maple syrup, our crew wants you to get in on some of the fun by doing one, some, or ALL of these sweet things to celebrate!

5 Sweet Ways to Celebrate National Maple Syrup Day

1. Have a Hearty Breakfast

It goes without saying that you’re going to want to get your National Maple Syrup Day celebration off to a good start with a hearty breakfast.

Our crew likes to dig into a triple platter of pancakes, waffles, and French toast —yeah, all of it — lovingly topped with the true taste of the forest.


2. Hug a Maple

After you consume your mountain of food, tastefully drenched in pure maple syrup, of course, the next thing you’ll want to do is get outside and head for your nearest forest.

Once in the woods, find a sugar maple and wrap your loving arms around it. Some of us do this on a regular basis; not just on National Maple Syrup Day.


3. Pour Some Out

Hopefully, if you’ve decided to celebrate National Maple Syrup Day then you know the difference between table syrup and pure maple syrup.

So, on this day of all days, do us a favor and pour out some of that pancake syrup that we know is buried in your fridge and replace it with some single-source goodness.


4. Go for a Walk in the Woods

Maple syrup wouldn’t exist if wasn’t for the woods…so do yourself a favor and go for a long walk.

Our crew does about six miles a day when sap season is in full swing. And be sure to take your time and bask in the many tree species and wildlife — we’re really lucky to have the wilderness.


5. Make SupperTime Sweet

The day is done and you’re wiped from a wonderful time in the woods and appreciating all things maple syrup.

The last item on your list of ways to celebrate National Maple Syrup Day should be whipping up something sweet & delicious! We’re talking Maple Glazed Chicken, Maple Salmon, or even Maple Roasted Butternut Squash. Sappy Cooking!


Have a Sappy National Maple Syrup Day!

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IT’S THE TRUE TASTE OF THE FOREST … PURE AND SIMPLE

There’s syrup and then there’s pure maple syrup. Hopefully, by now you know which one is better.

But just in case you need any more reasons why pure maple syrup is the sultan of syrups, our crew has come up with a whole list of reasons for keeping this sweet stuff in your life.

From obvious health perks to a little peace of mind, the benefits of pure maple syrup go beyond just improving what’s on your plate. Pure maple can truly make you sappy.

We consider it truly special nectar straight from the trees and our crew is fortunate to get to taste each and every day. Of course, we may be a little bias.

Either way, here are all the reasons you should consider pouring pure maple into your life more often:

25 SWEET BENEFITS OF PURE MAPLE SYRUP

1. It’s nutritious, and loaded with essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and more. You know the stuff that keeps your body sappy.

2. It goes great with wings. The food, not the band.

3. It’s about as natural as it gets….no preservatives or additives.

4. It’s loaded with natural antioxidants that can keep you amped and reduce oxidative stress in the body…#sappyscience.

5. It’s a great sugar substitute for all you coffee-lovers out there.

6. It’s the perfect pairing with pancakes so that you have the energy to start your day off strong.

7. It’s about as farm-to-table as it gets…or is it tree-to-table?

8. It’s a proven immunity booster. So you can stay feeling sweet and healthy.

9. It’s known to help prevent not-so-sappy diseases like arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, or heart disease.

10. It’s good for the skin…seriously.

11. It can be made into candy.

12. It’s easy to digest.

13. It contains amino acids, so it’s literally fuel for your body.

14. One word…electrolytes. Yup.

15. It’s got a pretty sweet shelf life. (SAPJACK syrup lasts two years)

16. It’s organic. Duh.

17. It takes real people to produce. Our crew works year-round both inside and outside.

18. It’s a natural resource.

19. It won’t freeze.

20. It goes great in cocktails. Who’s ready for sappy hour?

21. It contains manganese, which can help support healthy muscles.

22. It goes great over some ice cream.

23. You can have it for almost every meal of the day…including dinner.

24. Most other maple is made from corn syrup. Not ours.

25. It’s only made in certain parts of North America…so you know it’s special.

Like our sweet list? Check out the crew that came up with it!

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