The Sweetness of Torch Lake

To Aunt Jemima, Log Cabin, & Mrs. Butterworth…

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all I can say is, “Eat your heart out!”

It’s maple syrup season in Michigan & there’s no better maple syrup in the world than the syrup of northern Michigan. If you know the movie Elf, you know that Will Ferrell loved maple syrup, even on his spaghetti. I don’t go that far but I consider myself a connoisseur of all things maple after a lifetime of pancake, waffle, & ice cream eating.

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Here’s the scoop! (no pun intended)

  • You can thank northeastern Native Americans for discovering this sweet treat.
  • Maple syrup is made from the sap of….you guessed it….maple trees. Sugar, red & black maple trees to be exact.
  • Sap is processed in a “sugar bush” & involves a huge amount of work.
  • Sap has to be collected during the spring when the daytime temps cause the sap to rise in the trunks, but before the trees begin to bud.
  • The best maple syrup is made from sap boiled outside over an open flame.
  • Maple syrup is classified according to color & density, but it really all comes down to personal taste.
  • Because its labor intensive, maple syrup is costly, but absolutely worth it.

If you’re out & about the next few weeks & see someone pounding on a maple tree or hanging a bucket on it, or you see plastic lines running between a stand of trees, you should consider stopping & hollering “Thank You”!

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If you have the opportunity to lend a hand at a sugar bush, don’t think twice, jump on it!

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The best part? Digging into a tall stack of pancakes fragrant, hot off the griddle, & smothered in maple syrup…

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or waffles, or ice cream, or oatmeal, or granola, or muffins, or cornbread, or…

you get the idea!

Me…I’m off to find my pancake mix!

I nevr did get the knack of putting my clothes away...

About Diane

a long time lover of all things aquatic...swimming, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling...if it involves water...I'm in. Add traveling, snowshoeing in the winter, gardening in the spring, & lots of fresh air & sunshine. Blend with cooking, crafting, great friends & my Border Collie Zack. Toss in some sweet beekeeping. Mix in a couple of great books, my camera, clean notebook paper, & a cool pen & you pretty much have a picture of me. My friends tell me I should also add..."once a teacher...always a teacher".
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