40-to-1 Maple Sugar Season

Series produced by Vermont Public Radio

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It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. Celebrate the tradition in the series 40 to 1: Maple Sugar Season, which looks at how to tap, boil, grade and cook with liquid gold.

It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup. Celebrate the tradition in the series 40 to 1: Maple Sugar Season, which looks at how to tap, boil, grade and cook with liquid gold.

The weather is slowly beginning to turn. And the warmer days and cool nights means the sap is running. Sugaring has a long history in our region. The Abenaki likely tapped trees before European settlers set foot on Vermont soil. Today maple syrup is one of Vermont's biggest exports.


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Jars of maple syrup on the grocery store shelf may seem interchangeable, but the flavors of maple syrup are unique to the trees the sap came from, ...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2011
  • Length: 05:30
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In the season of maple sugaring, topping pancakes is just the beginning of the ways maple syrup can be used. Doug Mack is the chef and owner of Mar...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2011
  • Length: 02:59
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The Read family in Hartland, Vermont, collects sap from maple trees to make maple syrup. Rick and his daughter Sydney explain the process and scien...

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2011
  • Length: 03:38
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A father and daughter demonstrate their simple, home-grown method of tapping maple trees during sugaring season.

  • Added: Apr 01, 2011
  • Length: 02:19