Make Birch Syrup in your Instant Pot

YES, I said that. I’ll say it again you can Make Birch Syrup in your Instant Pot. It can be done and I’m here to tell you all about it!

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.

Make Birch Syrup in your Instant Pot

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 crockpot 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.

Remember you will be reducing a large amount of liquid to a very concentrated syrup. A lot of moisture will be evaporated in the process. Put your Instant Pot near an open window, or near an exhaust fan to let that excess moisture move on out of your house

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.

Here’s the Instant Pot I Use and Recommend!


Make Birch Syrup in your Instant Pot

You will need:

  • 4 liters of birch sap
  • 6 quart Instant Pot
  • 10-12 hours of time

To make:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. once the 30-minute cycle is up it should be almost boiling, immediately switch the Instant Pot to slow cook-high heat (labeled MORE) and set the timer for 10 hours
  5. if you’re worried about the amount of moisture coming off your birch syrup you should either run an exhaust fan, put it by an open window, or put it out in a garage
  6. walk away and let it do it’s thing, check back in 8 hours to see how it’s going
  7. once it hits the 2 cup mark on the Instant Pot inner pot you’ll want to keep a closer eye on it
  8. 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
  9. 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 won’t look really thick like maple syrup while it’s hot, you’re looking for “thicker than running off the spoon” consistency
  10. when it’s done remove it from the heat and pour it in a clean jar
  11. 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 saucepan until it thickens up
  12. 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

So there you go, How to Make Birch Syrup in your Instant Pot. Would you do me one BIG favor? Share this post, see right down at the bottom those buttons? You can share quickly and simply with them. Thanks!

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21 thoughts on “Make Birch Syrup in your Instant Pot”

    • I’m going to try this method using the sap from my big leaf maples. Big leaf maple syrup isn’t as sweet as the sugar maples, but here on the west coast you have a longer tapping season (from when the leaves are off to first buds).

    • I made maple syrup in the Instant Pot! It is absolutely possible, but you might be better off doing most of the evaporation in the Instant Pot and then transferring to the stove for the finishing.

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I was wondering. My trees are starting slow this year and I wondered if anyone had tried this! Now I’ll try it too!

  2. I just had to see it. Yup, you can, in fact, make just about anything in an instant pot. We are just about to get our birches tapped this year. Too many of them to cook down in an instant pot, but still a great option if you’re just tapping one tree. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

    • I never have because we don’t have maples up here. If you try it let me know. Remember this is small batch syrup and by no means a fail-proof recipe, it’s just what I do!

    • I did indeed try making maple syrup in my Instant Pot. It works great, and fairly energy efficient to do the evaporation in the Instant Pot. I found the finishing off a little risky. Can be done, but I turned my back at the wrong moment that first go-round and had a boil over! I don’t know if this is different from birch syrup, but once maple syrup goes beyond the temp for syrup its volume expands rapidly! It was quite a job cleaning up that Instant Pot.


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