Another use for your Bayou Classic Turkey Fryer: Maple Syrup
Its spring,and that means its time to tap your sugar maples for sap.If you don’t have enough of your own, maybe your neighbors are willing to share.The best time for collection of sap is early spring,when it still freezes at night,but the days are warm.(Feb,Mar & sometimes April) Collection amounts will vary day to day.Some days you may only get a small amount & other days may be overflowing.After you’ve collected a fair amount of sap in a week period(use within 7 days of collection) it is time to process your sap into liquid gold…syrup.To make maple syrup, you boil the excess water out of the sap(be careful not to burn it.)It takes 10 gallons of sap to make 1 quart of syrup.Because of the large quantity of steam generated by boiling the sap,it is recommended that you boil it outside.That’s when you get out your Bayou Classic Turkey Fryer.Fill the pot 3\4 full and place the pot on the burner. If you still have more sap, once the boiled portion cooks down, add the rest of the sap,but try to maintain the boil.Continue boiling until the sap boils down more & has taken on a golden consistency.It should still have a fluid texture at this point. You can now transfer your boiled down sap into a smaller pan & finish the boiling process indoors.Continue boiling until the sap takes on the consistency of syrup(it will stick to a spoon when dipped in the boil.)It is important to keep a close watch at this point for it is likely to boil over more easily as it approaches the syrup stage.The syrup will be done when the temperature reaches 7 degrees above the boiling point of water at your elevation.A small amount of sediment may be present in your syrup. This can be filtered out with wool or orlon filter.You can also remove the sediment by putting the syrup in the refrigerator over night and letting the sediment settle to the bottom.Keep your syrup in sterilized bottles in the refrigerator or freeze to extend the shelf life.