Friday, March 15, 2019

Maple sap iced tea



Iced tea! From trees!

I take back everything I said in the last post about being tired of the sap project because today I discovered.... maple sap iced tea.
We drink a lot of iced tea in this house. Between the oldest and I we drink a gallon every two days.  I blame my southern grandmother who always had a big pitcher of sweet tea on the kitchen counter. The stuff is delicous.

My usual method is bring 1/8 c organic sugar and some water to simmer on the stove, turn off the heat, add 5 tea bags and then when it's cool pour it in the tea pitcher and top it off with enough water to make a gallon.   That's a lot of organic sugar every week.

Today it occurred to me that we have free organically sweetened water right out there in the yard.

I pulled a gallon of sap water off of the porch and used it to heat the tea water and then top off the pitcher. NO added sugar. It's absolutely delicious, in fact a bit sweeter than we're used to. Heck yes I will be taking advantage of this free resource. I wonder if we could make coffee with it too? Can I sweeten bread dough? Pancake batter?


7 comments:

  1. I love it when a plan works, enjoy your tea. In the summer months I enjoy Turkish apple tea, sweet and chilled.

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    1. I will have to try turkish tea, it sounds wonderful.

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  2. How long does the maple 'water' store. Will you be able to use it in summer?

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    1. Its perishible and should be kept a week, or so I've read. Unfortunately it looks like sap time is ending here, the maples are budding which I guess makes the sap bitter :(

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