I produce a number of sweet treats. My maple syrup is bottled in a number of different sizes, including 250mL, 500mL, 1L, 1.89L. The maple products I create from my maple syrup are maple butter, maple fudge, and a very decadent maple pie (think mapley butter tart). Next year I will start harvesting honey from my bees. I’ve been told to expect to get anywhere 50-100 lbs of surplus honey per hive. Multiply that by 8 hives and I’m going to be swimming in it. I think that’s when I’ll hang out my shingle and start selling honey and honey-based products. Until then I’ll experiment with different recipes to find the best flavour, and try my hand at making lotions, beeswax lip balms and candles, etc.
AJ wasn’t keen on being recruited to make maple butter even before his arms hurt!
Who knew making maple butter was so much work! I really wanted to make maple butter yet I don’t own a maple butter machine, so I made up my mind I’d do it by hand. Of course by ‘I’, I mean ‘we’ and AJ was recruited to help me. The recipe instructed, “churn maple syrup for 12-15 minutes with a maple butter machine. Lacking a maple butter machine, we used a wooden spoon instead, plopped down on the floor in front of the TV and took turns stirring. We’re not nearly as efficient churners as a maple butter machine; 45 minutes later we had maple butter. Our arms were defeated, yet I was invigorated. I can’t say the same for AJ!