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Download this step-by-step guide to making syrup from trees in your own backyard.

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Evaporating the sap on a propane burner

Boil Your Sap Outdoors

Cooking sap indoors can make your walls sticky, so boil it outside! You can use a propane burner or a wood fire.

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Tapping supplies for maple sugaring: drill, hammer, tap and container

Enjoy nature’s sweetest treat at Cape Girardeau Nature Center

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Visitors of all ages will enjoy learning about the history, equipment and process of making maple syrup and sugar.

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Syrup filters before and after filtering

Filter Your Syrup

When it reaches 219.2 F, filter your syrup to remove niter (potassium nitrate) and other minerals that can affect flavor and be harmful to very young children. Use a commercial filter like those shown or several layers of cheesecloth slipped into a large funnel.

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How to Make Maple Syrup and Sugar

For outdoor family fun in the winter, learn how to tap your sugar maple trees to make maple syrup and sugar.  This video shows you how to create a tasty homemade treat and family memories.

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Pots Boiling at Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival

Maple Sugar Pots

MDC Naturalist Terri Eggers shows off a block of hard maple sugar as sap boils in copper kettles over an open fire during the 2011 Rockwoods Maple Sugar Festival.

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Tapping supplies for maple sugaring: drill, hammer, tap and container

Maple Sugaring Supplies

You can make a tap or purchase one. Two common sizes are 5/16 and 7/16ths of an inch. A cordless drill and bit that matches your tap diameter are essential. Any covered container will do for a collector, but choose one you can handle and won't over burden the tree.

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Pancake Samples at Rockwoods Reservation Maple Sugar Festival

Pancake Samples at Rockwoods Reservation Maple Sugar Festival

Visitors of all ages enjoy pancake samples with authentic maple syrup made from sugar maple trees at Rockwoods Reservation during the annual Maple Sugar Festival.

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