From all I've heard about the making of maple syrup, I don't see how maple syrup can be made other than by boiling down the liquid from the maple trees. (I'm gonna double check some info in one of our homeschool books...)
Ah, here's a daughter with a book I had in mind: "A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840" by Barbara Greenwood. In the maple syrup section, it tells of how the settlers were taught by the Native people to extract a watery, tasteles sap from the trees and to boil it down to evaporate the water, leaving a thick, sweet syrup.
According to another book "The Encyclopedia of Country Living" by Carla Emery (I just LOVE that book!), it takes about 35 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. This book, geared towards modern day as opposed to the aforementioned pioneer book, doesn't make mention of any other way to make maple syrup other than the boiling method.
By the way, Jinjee, beautiful pictures you posted!
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