Usually around this time of year the days start to get a warmer and the night’s stay cool. This is perfect weather if you’re making maple syrup! Every year, countless New Yorkers and New Englanders begin tapping sugar maple trees, to make thick sweet maple syrup. However, with the unseasonably warmer weather the season may be cut short. Ideally, sugar farmers would like temperatures in the mid-40s during the day and down to the 20s at night. Since the nights are not cooling down the sap does not run as well during the day. This could mean that supply for maple products might be a little less this year. Sugar farmers remain optimistic and are hoping for some cooler nights.
Maple syrup is used in a wide variety of things from making candy, sweet desserts, savory dishes, and of course to pour over pancakes and waffles! For some great cooking and baking ideas that use maple syrup check out http://www.maplemadness.com/recipes.html. Remember, when cooking and baking with maple syrup, it’s best to use a dark amber grade. This adds more flavor than fancy or other lighter grades. However, for pancakes and waffles fancy is the way to go!
At Quandt’s we carry a pure maple syrup in dark amber that would be perfect for all your cooking and baking needs. If you are feeling a little more traditional in your use of maple syrup Quandt’s also offers many kinds of pancake and waffle mixes! Check out General Mills pancake and waffle mix.
Enjoy the weather!