The internal pressure of a sugar maple may be as much as 20 pounds per square inch on a warm day after a freezing night – the pressure is triggered by the thermal shock. It is the extent to which this pressure exists that determines how well sap will run.
Cooking With Maple
Forget pancakes, there are a lot of great ways to get maple into your daily diet. We eat maple every day, often as an ingredient in entrees you might not expect.
Maple syrup is great over cold or hot cereal, fruit, plain yogurt, puddings, and ice cream. Maple syrup is great in baked beans, apple pies, pickles, stir frys, and glazes and sauces.
Substituting Maple Syrup for Granulated Sugar
In place of one cup of granulated sugar use ¾ to 1 cup of maple syrup. When baking reduce the liquid by 2-4 tablespoons per cup of maple syrup used, add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.