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?


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

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

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

    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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