How I’m Making Birch Syrup in my Crock Pot
We thought it would be fun to tap our Birch Trees for Sap. Then we had to figure out HOW to use that sap. Yes you can drink it, it’s good and good for you. But we wanted to DO something with it. I did a lot of reading up on the subject and I finally figured out what to do with all that Birch Sap. This is How I’m Making Birch Syrup in my Crock Pot, it’s unconventional and an absolute experiment. If you’re MORE of an Instant Pot type of person I have a post for you too!
This year I’m cooking down my birch sap in the crock pot, next year may be a different game, we’ll see. I started off all right, I had the Le Creuset bubbling and boiling away. I’ve been reading up on boiling down sap for a while now in preparation for this week or two. The one thing I read over and over was be careful, birch sap will scorch, so I was super paranoid about leaving it to cook. I don’t have time to hover over a pot of clear liquid making sure I don’t burn it to death.
Spring is busy. I have bee hives to seal, baby chicks to care for, 8 bajillion seedlings looking for a reason to die, tomatoes needing a transplant, kids wet, muddy and cold, a dog who wants to go for a walk, a coop that needs mucking out, cats trying to eat the robin, plus every normal chore to keep this place running. Standing over a stove in a state of constant paranoia does not work for me.
Here’s what I’m doing, I don’t know how it will work for you, it’s working for us, that’s all I can say.
How I’m Making Birch Syrup in a Crock Pot:
- we collected sap for a day and had about a gallon–make sure your collection jars are very clean and rinsed out too–no soap residue in the syrup please!
- I strained it through a sieve and then my jelly bag
- I set it to boiling in the Le Creuset, any heavy pot will do
- plug in the crock pot and heat it up while waiting for the syrup to boil–don’t leave your crock pot to heat empty for too long, it might crack
- once it boiled for about 5 minutes I transferred it to the heated crock pot
- popped the lid on it and brought it to it’s highest heat
- once it was thoroughly heated I turned the lid sideways to vent the steam out
- I left it cook about 12-15 hours checking occasionally to make sure it wasn’t thick yet
- once it turned thick and a light amber I turned off the pot and poured the syrup, about a 1/2 cup into a half pint jar and popped it in the fridge
- some articles I read suggested yet another strain at this point, I didn’t the first time I made this but I think in the future I might–although I could lose a significant amount of syrup and there isn’t much to lose
- I washed the crock pot, boiled more sap and started all over
To see our tapping procedure and more pictures of our farm in Alaska check out my post “I’d Tap That”. And remember if you have an Instant Pot you can read the directions for making Syrup in your Instant Pot here!
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