tapping a maple tree

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Maple tapping
How to tap a maple tree

Maple Syrup, along with extracts, chocolate syrups and cocoa
powders, and other condiments, make it to
#31 on the list of 37
foods to hoard. Maple syrup lasts indefinitely, if you do not  
reheat it! If you are lucky enough you can also tap a maple tree
for survival the way the
Native Americans did.

How to tap a maple tree for survival:

The time to tap a maple tree starts around February.

Here are the basic steps without any fancy tools:

  1. Drill a two-inch hole, then close this with a peg.
  2. Create a spout by bending a can.
  3. Drive a small nail into the maple to suspend your can.
  4. Wait and gather your maple.
  5. Boil away the scum, which rises.
  6. The result is amber syrup to enjoy.

Happy endings...
Feel happy knowing that you've stored away a
bucket of
Augason Farms pancakes to go with the maple syrup! You'll
want glass jars. Maple syrup can last indefinitely if you do not
heat it up and you store the sealed jar in a cool dark place.

If you're lucky enough to have a maple tree nearby, take
advantage of the plenty! Maple seeds are edible, and so are the
rich sugary young leaves!

What's more, like the
pine tree inner bark which is also edible,
the maple bark can be eaten during famine. Maple syrup also
helps eliminate toxins from the body! Try a detox and body
cleanse with this
detox lemonade recipe.

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