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Squeeters and Maple Syrup

This morning while my roommate and I were puttering around the kitchen, I mentioned how expensive the Grade B maple syrup costs that I like to get. I was using it to sweeten my tea.

So I said, "It makes me wanna go out and harvest my own syrup. Eat it raw. I'm sure that's how the pioneers did it. I'm sure that's how the very first person who ever discovered maple syrup did it."

Then he said "Use a big squeeter in a tree."

I had no idea what a squeeter was so I asked him. (And then of course I googled it to see what they look like.

He told me it's one of those things you stick in an orange so you can get the juice from it. He'd sent for one back in the 60's with a couple quarters in an envelope and then got a torn up envelope back. No quarters and no sqeeters.

Poor kid.

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CoralLevang wrote on November 29, 2015, 12:52 PM

So, would those work in a maple tree?
I am serious in the question, because I have no idea if it could be tapped somehow and use one of those to harvest.

AuraGael wrote on November 29, 2015, 12:55 PM

We were just joking around. They are pretty small and wouldn't reach in as far as necessary. Maybe a much larger version would work though. But I've never harvested maple syrup myself so I don't really know.

CoralLevang wrote on November 29, 2015, 1:13 PM

I understand it was a joke, but I wonder what the taps actually look like. Must work on similar principle.

AuraGael wrote on November 29, 2015, 1:49 PM

It does look like the same basic principle yes. Not sure if I can post videos here in the comments but on Youtube there's one called "Harvesting Maple Syrup" that shows spout thingies that look similar but they're called something else. You had me curious so I checked it out.

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 29, 2015, 1:57 PM

While you might be able to tap a sugar maple with the squeeter, the sap only runs certain times of year and it takes a large number of trees to produce enough sap to use on a plate of pancakes.

AuraGael wrote on November 29, 2015, 2:01 PM

That explains why it's expensive then. I guess the price would be a good indication (from reputable companies) whether it's pure or not. Most grocery store syrups have all kinds of cheap additives in them.

AuraGael wrote on November 29, 2015, 2:03 PM

While we were talking about it this morning, I was picturing myself standing at a tree in my robe and slippers with a plate of pancakes turning the tap to get the syrup. Lol.

msiduri wrote on November 29, 2015, 3:29 PM

That's a funny image. Truth is, making syrup is a bit more complicated than that.

AuraGael wrote on November 29, 2015, 3:57 PM

Yeah no doubt there's filtering involved and more, but yeah, I thought it was pretty funny too. :)

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 29, 2015, 4:52 PM

My wife's cousin owns a maple sugar house up in New Hampshire and during the spring when the sap is running and they are collecting it to cook down into maple syrup he operates a pancake house. We visited one year and got to go in the back where they cook the sap down into syrup and got to try some Grade A Light Amber fresh from the cooker. It was ambrosia.

AuraGael wrote on November 29, 2015, 5:18 PM

Nice DWDavisRSL I'm kinda jelly. That would be fun to take an in person tour of something like that. I've seen videos but it's not the same and of course there is no taste test at the end.

AuraGael wrote on November 29, 2015, 5:19 PM

Do you know the difference between Grade A and Grade B? I'll google it but wanted to see if you learned about it at your wife's cousin's place.

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 29, 2015, 7:08 PM

Grade B is a darker syrup, usually from near the end of the season, when the sap in the trees darkens. This makes the maple flavor much stronger, but the maple sugar content stays the same.

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cmoneyspinner wrote on November 30, 2015, 10:02 PM

Interesting story and now I know what squeeters are.

BarbRad wrote on December 1, 2015, 7:25 PM

It seems from what I've read the process of getting the syrup from the tree is a bit more complicated than that. Similar principle, though.