Skip to comments.Why Does Canada Have a Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve?
Posted on 09/10/2012 4:09:23 AM PDT by nuconvert
On Friday, news broke that thieves had stolen $30 million dollars worth of Quebec's strategic maple syrup reserves. Much as the United States keeps a stock of extra oil buried in underground salt caverns to use in case of a geopolitical emergency, the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers has been managing warehouses full of surplus sweetener since 2000. The crooks seem to have made off with more than a quarter of the province's backup supply.
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It makes sense to me, LOL! I use it in almost everything including haamburgers.
"..because you can't e.....oops wait...can't e....oops wait...can't eat ....aw chit,wait...can't eat them wit...."
To stabilize prices.
P.S. This is why Quebec will never secede from Canada. That province has a lot of idiotic nonsense like this that it would never be able to sustain if it were on its own.
Good idea. Hopefully Tennessee has a Strategic Jack Daniels Reserve. In the event of an emergency.
Because the maple leaf is on their flag.
It’s in case the Saudis cut Maple Syrup production to zero and/or refuse to export it.
I guess a better word would have been: "manipulate", but inflate really is the goal.
And thanks again - always enjoy your Canadian perspectives.
Indeed, they do. There is a seven-year supply of JD stored in oaken barrels, sitting in bonded warehouses all around Lynchburg.
Personally, I'm anticipating an emergency, oh, around 5:15 this afternoon.
We have red maples, silver maples, sycamore, black walnut and hickory. I'm thinking about giving it a try this winter.
It’s because government bureaucrats need to do something in order to justify their useless jobs and inflated salaries, that’s why.
No. But I’m going to guess that if you can get sap for syrup it won’t be sweet
Hurry Commander.....check the duct-tape shed hey!
-—sheesh—all along I’ve thought that was a dinosaur footprint——
My understanding is that the sap of a sugar maple has a higher sugar content that other trees but the sap of many species may be used for making syrup. Birch sap is also used commercially for syrup.
“Birch sap is also used commercially for syrup.”
At first read I thought that said “b!tch slap.” Couldn’t figure out where that fit into the syrup making process...
Yes, we have red maples and have tapped them 3-4 times in the last ten years.
The ratio is 60:1 sap:syrup, not 40:1 like a sugar maple.
The taste is not quite as sweet as a sugar maple, but it's still good.
Just in case Vermont ever closes their border with Canada.
Been there. The smell in those buildings is - amazing.
I have been making my own maple syrup for two years now. Go on ebay and look for spiles...... the now obsolete device to tap the trees. There are numerous on line sources of how to info. Real syrup makers use taps connected to plastic hose nowdays.
I use my camping stove running on propane to boil the sap down. I do the boiling an an $8.00 Walmart turkey roasting pan. I collect the sap in 2.5 gallon white food grade icing pails obtained from the local supermarket bakery.
The results are a very good and delicious syrup.
Rule of thumb...... 10 gallons of sap yield 1 quart of syrup. When the sap is flowing, 10 gallons is not much of a problem
This couple decided to make maple syrup and started tapping trees. One of my cousins, who is locally known for his dry wit (read: he's a wiseass) watched them work pretty hard for an hour or so, before he wandered over to ask what they were doing.
"Getting maple syrup, of course", approximately, was the answer.
"Well", my cousin replied, "It's a little late to put taps in. It's May now, taps should go in while the syrup is running. March would be better, depending on the weather and so on. And, you'll have a hard time getting syrup from a tree. You'll need to get the sap, and boil it down. Takes a fair bit of time and patience."
He continued, "But mostly, you'll have a problem getting Maple Sap out of an oak tree."
True story. And, I've made maple syrup before (with that same cousin). Its a lot of work, but the payoff is good. I was up there this summer, and the hippie dippie neighbors were gone. I'd imagine they bugged out after getting their first taste of real winter, though I don't know that for sure.
And I'm shuddering at the thought of what oak sap would taste like. BLEAH!
He should then have pointed to a pine and said that is a sugar maple and is what you need to be tapping.
I think that he’s a wiseass, not a sadist. :-)
For the same reason the US Gov’mnt fiddles around with sugar?
Its a political lever..for the politicians to play with...
It could present a sticky problem trying to unload that much maple syrup, if that's what they intended.
We would if we could.
This is from The Atlantic......it’s a very important magazine.....they have very important writers who cover very important subjects. They have an article in the next issue titled SOCKS: COMFORT OR TASTY SNACK?
The Canadians use Maple Syrup as bait. Like how we use feed corn for deer, they use maple syrup when hunting bunnies with pancakes on their heads.
You will get sap from all of these trees. The difference is the sugar content of the sap. Sugar maples have the highest sugar content of all the major hardwood trees even among the other maples. The result is you will have to boil down many more gallons of sap to get one gallon of syrup.
For example, Sugar maples average 35-40 gallons of sap to make a gallon of syrup. A hickory may be more than 100 to 1.
Red Maples and silver maples would be your best course of action. Try freezing the sap or collecting it early in the morning as opposed to late in the afternoon. This is what I do. This results in ice in the container(I use 1 gallon plastic milk jugs). The ice will be 100% water. The remaining sap in the center of the container will have a heavier concentration of sugar. This then requires less boiling to make syrup. Apparentely, this is how the Native Americans would make syrup by repeatedly leaving it ouside to freeze and then drawing off the sap in the middle.
FYI, this is also how you make Apple Jack from hard cider. Leave the gallon cider container outside at night or stick it in your freezer. Drill a hole into the center of the container and drain off the liquid in the middle. The liquid in the middle will have all the alcohol in it that does not freeze.
if there was a drought then all the manufacturers from the tree sap collectors to boilers and bottlers and shippers are out of work.
So, it is like money in the bank to tide you over until the next paycheck.
I call BS. I'll bet this is either a case of empty barrels being delivered and counted as full, or some other accounting error.
About how much does each tree produce. How long does it take to produce that quantity?
Also, buy the book:
It will teach you everything to know.
You will need some basic supplies also. Taps, funnel, 5 gallon containers. Yoou can get those from Bascoms Maple in Alstead, NH. Bascoms also sells the book.
I have been making syrup for about 10 years. I make 2-4 gallons a year. I give most of it away.
Your story just proves once again that Mainers are the nicest, most patient people on earth!
I just looked and they are readily available. Thanks.
Will do. Thanks.
Except that voters there are pushing in that direction. The separatist party just made a major advancement in taking over the QC government. (My wife lived there when the vote to secede failed by a hair; that was too close for advocates to give up.)
The Maritime provinces take it for granted QC will secede, severing their geographic connection to the rest of Canada, and it's a given (to them) they will just become the 51st, 52nd, and 53rd states of the USA. (My parents vacation there on a regular basis; the locals consider US annexation a foregone conclusion.)
It’s not run by the government. It’s just the nickname that private companies gave to their own stockpile.
To pay tribute to the bears.
I neglected to add before...... making maple syrup perhaps earns the greatest reward for the least effort of about anything I have done.
“He should then have pointed to a pine and said that is a sugar maple and is what you need to be tapping.”
I have some pines outside my garage and have used the sap
(reduced with alcohol) for soldering flux for years. Works
great and makes the shop smell good!
They wear pancakes on their heads when they hunt bunnies? Those wily Canadians.
The Atlantic keeps a strategic reserve of crap in their basement in case they don’t have enough one month for their magazine.
We have two trees, each about 16-18 inches in diameter (at tap height).
In a good year, we got between a pint and a quart of syrup.
It’s not economically sensible for us in that quantity. One year we boiled it down on the electric stove. We probably used enough electricity to buy twice what we made.
The reasons we did it were curiosity, and as a homeschooling project.
HINT: there’s a reason the pros do it OUTDOORS.
Can anyone spell Teapot Dome?
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