One way of making Birch Syrup
Collect your sap, drill your hole with a sterilised drillbit and insert the tap or ‘spigot’. I’ve customised a ‘speedy spigot’ from a piece if pipe, a small length of tube inserted into the pipe with a square of muslin sandwiched between to filter out debris.
The pipe has a notch that the bottle wire hangs from. Plug the neck of the bottle with cotton wool to keep out insects.
Time taken to collect 6 litres of sap= 6 hours
Close the tap holes with a wooden plug and say ‘thank you.’
Start to simmer the sap below it’s burning point of 93 degrees C, jam-making thermometer useful here.
Lot’s of firewood and splitting, initial simmering time= 6 hours
Filter the reduction through coffee paper and reduce the syrup down to 60ml, a laboursome 100:1 reduction= 1 hour
The result is 60ml of elixir and the taste is indescribable so i won’t try.
You take all the hours of work and reduce them down to an experience that lasts a few seconds. It’s a labour of love, the love of Birch, the Sugar Maple’s mean cousin.Share
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