YES I said that. I’ll say it again Making Birch Syrup in your Instant Pot. It can be done and I’ll tell you how to make Birch Sap into Birch Syrup in this post. I know the season for tapping birches is just about over but I’ve been working on my method and I want to share so everyone has the information before next year. I want everyone to be tapping their birches next year.
A few years back my boys and I decided, after reading Little House in the Big Woods, to tap our birches and make syrup from the sap. I wrote about that in “I’d Tap That” and the follow up post “How I’m Making Birch Syrup in my Crock Pot” Making Birch Syrup in your crock pot was one of my most popular posts, it still is actually. Apparently it turns out that a lot of people want to tap their trees but don’t quite know what to do with a small amount of sap. Making it in the crock pot is a great resolution to the problem!
If you don’t have an Instant Pot then by all means use the Crock Pot Method
But I wondered if I could make that beautiful syrup a little quicker in an Instant Pot. I decided to do a bit of experimenting and see what I came up with. After a lot of trial, error and scorched batches I figured it out and you can make Birch Syrup in it in about 10-12 hours. It is mostly a hands off method, you turn it on and walk away for the most part. The end of the process is when you’ll want to be present and watchful or you’ll end up with scorched candy instead. Ask me how I know. Wait never mind.
How to Make Birch Syrup in your Instant Pot
You will need:
- 4 liters of birch sap
- 6 quart Instant Pot
- 10-12 hours of time
- collect 4 liters of sap, this may take a few days if you only tap a tree or two, store the fresh sap in the refrigerator until ready to use
- once you’ve collected 4 liters it’s time to make some syrup, you won’t need the lid for this project so you can put it away, turn your Instant Pot on to Saute
- strain the birch sap if you haven’t already and pour it in the Instant Pot, leave it on saute for the whole 30 minute cycle
- once the 30 minute cycle is up it should be almost boiling, immediately switch the Instant Pot to slow cook-high heat (labled MORE) and set the time for 10 hours
- walk away and let it do it’s thing, check back in 8 hours to see how it’s going
- once it hits the 2 cup mark on the Instant Pot inner pot you’ll want to keep a closer eye on it
- let it continue to cook away, once it goes below the 2 cup mark it goes rather fast as the water evaporates out, I don’t have a definite time as it has varied from time to time, with each batch of syrup
- it’s done when it’s a lovely amber color and you dip a spoon in the syrup, let it cool for a moment and turn it sideways, if it’s thicker it’s syrup and it’s done, if it’s runny and runs right off the spoon give it another couple minutes and try again–remember it wont look really thick like maple syrup while it’s hot, you’re looking for “thicker that running off the spoon” consistency
- when it’s done remove it from the heat and pour it in a clear jar
- if you discover that it’s STILL too runny after you pull if off the heat simply reheat it slowly over medium heat in a heavy sauce pan until it thickens up
- if you want or need to make syrup faster, say your trees are producing more than you can handle, you can turn it to saute once it’s cooked down to around 2 liters, it will get steamy in your kitchen so be sure to run an exhaust fan and also be sure to watch it closely, you may have to go through more than one saute cycle to get the syrup to the right consistency
Of course you can do smaller amounts but the cook time will be different and the end results will be considerably smaller. I’ve only worked on 4 liter batches because it seems smart to fill it up and then end up with a little less than a 1/4 cup of syrup. I can’t imagine doing 2 liters and ending up with a Tablespoon and not have it scorch.
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