Sweet Maple: Backyard Sugarmaking from Tap to Table

Sweet Maple: Backyard Sugarmaking from Tap to Table


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Sweet Maple is an instructional book on backyard sugarmaking that’s also the story of the family’s connection to the past on a small New England sugar farm. Throughout its pages, Michelle gives advice on:
The 30 different kinds of trees that can be used to make syrup (at least one of which grows in every state of the nation)
Insight into how sugarmakers down south and out west— well outside of the “maple belt”—are making syrup successfully.
The process of making syrup, to help you decide what level is right for you
How to make alternative treats, such as lilac syrup
The health benefits of maple products, which contain more than 40 antioxidants
Substituting processed sugar with all-natural maple syrup in any recipe
The three steps to making maple sugar
How to make irresistible maple cream and how to enjoy it
While learning the art of sugarmaking alongside her husband, Michelle guides readers through every step of all-natural syrup production, with directions for tapping one tree or hundreds, while detailing the life-changing benefits of using maple syrup in the kitchen. Interspersed with sugaring techniques, tips, sidebars, and storytelling, Michelle shares more than 30 of her family’s tried-and-true maple recipes—from scones to salads.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493037773
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 814,195
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Michelle Visser is a homesteader in rural New England. She’s a fourth-generation gardener, a professional photographer, and the owner of SoulyRested.com. Michelle is a popular presenter at homesteading summits, a freelance editor, and is the author of sought-after eBooks and instructional courses about probiotic DIY kombucha and delicious maple sugar and syrup. She lives in New Hampshire’s lakes region.

Website: https://soulyrested.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulyrested/
Facebook Groups author runs: https://www.facebook.com/groups/136771923048656/
(Maple Syrup Making) and https://www.facebook.com/groups/2057995487773738/ (Homestead and Heritage Cooking)
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/soulyrested/boards/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/souly.rested/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOLRbLo4lnwJ2nPiL2xtB8g?view_as=subscriber

Table of Contents

Foreword Joel Salatin viii

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction: Define the Simple Joys 1

1 Got Syrup? 11

Backyard sugaring is a logical first step toward more sustainable living

Recipes: Maple Sandwich Bread, Maple Biscuits, Maple Freezer Biscuits, Maple-infused Butter

2 Tap Well 37

Go ahead … tap a tree and see what it gets you

Recipes: Overnight Maple Oatmeal, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cake, The Best-Ever Maple Scones, Giant Candy Cookie

3 Boil Well 79

Make amber, ambrosial syrup, one sweet step at a time

Recipes: Maple Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gina's Maple Snickerdoodles, Old-fashioned Butter Cookies, Maple Caramel Cookies

4 Bow Out 111

How a sugarmaker faces the bittersweet arrival of spring

Recipes: Maple Blueberry Pie, Lilac Maple Sugar Cookies, Jill's Maple BBQ Sauce

5 Try Something Different 129

Tap into sugar maple alternatives in every single state

Recipes: Lilac Syrup, Nice-n-Slow Maple Chicken and Rice, Maple Pork Stir-Fry, Sloppy Maple Sandwiches, Maple Pulled Pork Sandwiches

6 Relish the Real 165

In today's over-sugared culture, we need a better option

Recipes: Maple Switchel, Maple Hot Chocolate, Maple Lemonade

7 Shake or Slather It On 185

Warning: reading this chapter will result in a new obsession

Recipes: Maple Peanut Butter, Maple Popcorn, Drizzled Maple Popcorn, Maple Cinnamon Rolls

Afterword 210

Resources 214

Index 215

About the Author 218

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