This is not really the time of year to be thinking about maple sap; that is what we did in February and March. But actually, now that time has passed, we can examine the results of the experiments we made during sap season. On a previous post, I said that sap was great for drinking straight from the tree, using it slightly concentrated for cooking, and boiling down to real maple syrup. All this is all true. However, when it came to preserving the “sap concentrate” by canning, we found that we must have done something wrong. When opened, it smelled sour and was unfit for drinking or cooking. If anyone has done this successfully, let us know how you do it; there are no recipies on how to can water that I know of. 🙂
However, the jars we have opened of the “real thing”, or maple syrup, have been absolutely fine and we are still enjoying this amazing substance.
This reminds me of the parable Jesus gave in Luke 12:16-21 about the man who came to destruction because of his greediness in over-storing what God had blessed him with. As we use what God so graciously gives, let us remember to lay up treasures in heaven which makes us rich toward God.