How is Maple Syrup Made? Learning about Pure New York Maple Syrup

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Did you know that this weekend and next is the annual Maple Syrup Weekend?

We celebrated by going to a pancake breakfast — made with Maple Syrup, of course! Then we headed over to Schoff’s Sugar Shack in Victor, NY, to learn how Maple Syrup is made. Turns out, this year is a BAD year for syrup — too cold. The sap has been freezing and hasn’t had much time to thaw. Still, Chris Schoff told us that instead of the normal 7 week maple season, this year they only had 2 or 3 good weeks to bottle syrup.

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I LOVE cooking with maple syrup because it adds such a unique sweetness to my favorite recipes. In fact, my Maple Glazed Carrots recipe has over 2,000 pins on Pinterest!

More Maple Syrup Recipes:

Cinnamon Vanilla Maple Syrup

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Pumpkin Maple Smoothie

Peach Pop-Up Pancakes

Double Dark Chocolate Pancakes

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How is Maple Syrup Made?


First, the sap is tapped from the trees. I didn’t realize it comes out clear because it’s 98% water and 2% sugar. You can drink it straight from the tap, as Mason is doing here:

Maple sap

Then they do some reverse osmosis distilling and boiling in a wood fire. Plus, probably some other stuff that I couldn’t see because I was trying to keep my kids out of the fire.

The Maple Syrup is filtered once:

 New York Maple Syrup

And then filtered again:

Maple Syrup

And then finally heated to 200° to kill off any errant microbes before it’s bottled.

Maple Syrup

I didn’t realize it took that much sap to produce so little maple syrup!

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Pure, locally produced maple syrup is so much better for you than commercial “syrups!”

Want to learn about more Upstate New York Maple Syrup Destinations? Check out this post from Exploring Upstate.

Maple Syrup Health Benefits:

  • contains anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants (the same ones found in superfoods like blueberries!)
  • less likely to cause bloating than refined sugar; lower glycemic index
  • contains micronutrients like zinc and manganese to help your immune system


What is your favorite way to enjoy maple syrup?

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  1. that is so cool that your son got to see this up close! What a great learning experience!

  2. We were literally just talking about maple syrup yesterday and how it’s made. I had no idea it took that much sap to make one bottle!

  3. When we lived in MI we used to go to the Maple Syrup festival. It was always amazing! I am curious though…your syrup is such a darker color! Is it because of location?

    • He said that the later in the season the darker the color. It’s because it gets warmer and there is a higher concentration of microbes that aren’t killed off in the cold. Crazy, right? I never knew that either.

  4. I keep it simple. Pancakes & Maple Syrup are an amazingly, simple and delicious combination.

    Looks like your son had a blast!

  5. LisaLisa says:

    Wow,this is pretty cool! We use Maple Syrup too here in my home, what a great experience for your son. My kids would enjoy this too!

  6. This looks like a great informative trip. I would love to watch them make maple syrup!

  7. Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!


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