Did you know that you can tap a Maple tree and make your own syrup?
Adam Davenport taps three maple trees every year and makes delicious maple syrup for his family and friends. He shared the relatively simple process on Reddit for anyone excited to try it. The catch is that it can only be done during a certain time of the year — and that time is right now!
The key to getting sap to flow is that you need above freezing temps during the day and below freezing temps at night.
Step 1: Find a Maple tree
**The tree must be at least 12 inches in diameter to tap it once without stressing it**
Step 2: Drill A Small Hole
Step 3: Insert a Spile (Tap)
Step 4: Let it flow
Step 5: Filter out bugs and dirt
Step 6: Boil the sap
Step 7: Filter out the sugar sand
Five gallons of sap makes about one pint of syrup.
You can also tap Walnut trees!
But since these trees have a much higher pectin content, use pectinase to break the sap down and make syrup instead of jelly.
The final result.
According to Adam, the color of the syrup is affected by bacterial activity in the sap.
“The warmer it is, the more activity there is, the darker the syrup gets,” he said.
A Melbourne father has managed to lose 110 pounds after eating only potatoes for an entire year, and says he feels healthier and happier than ever!
Upon adopting his potato-only diet, which he planned to be on for a year in a bid to lose weight, Andrew Flinders Taylor said people thought he was going crazy for doing such a thing.
Although most nutritionists would not recommend following such a diet, as it’s so restrictive, Andrew believed he could get everything his body needed from potatoes by mixing together sweet and white varieties.
This is because eating white potatoes alone would result in vitamin deficiencies, so it was very important that Andrew ate sweet potatoes too.
Speaking to The Independent, Taylor said,
“I’m getting over 600 per cent of my daily iron retirements and over 400 per cent of vitamin c as well as heaps of fibre – all things that so-called experts have said I’d be low in today. The only thing of concern was calcium, potatoes have calcium but maybe not enough. To be sure I’m using a calcium fortified organic soy milk to make mashed potatoes.”
Andrew has since created the website ‘Spudfit’ where he talks of the process he went through, and how others can adopt the same diet!
“My health just continues to improve. I had high cholesterol but now it’s low, my blood pressure has dropped and my sugar level has dropped, every time I get a new blood test, it just gets better,” Andrew said.
When he started the eating plan, he did next to no exercise, but now does an hour a day workout on his exercise bike!
Are you inspired? Share this article with a potato lover!
Scientists claim to have invented a fourth type of chocolate, after milk, dark and white – the first new type of chocolate to be created in over 80 years!
Barry Callebaut, Swiss chocolatier, has managed to create the totally new flavour by using a ruby cocoa bean to create a pink sweet with “berry fruitiness and luscious smoothness”.
He called it Ruby after it’s pink-red hue, and it’s the first new type of chocolate invented since the 1930s, when white chocolate was created, also in Switzerland.
A press release on Barry Callebaut’s website describes eating ruby chocolate as an ‘all-encompassing sensorial experience’.
Whilst a Barry Callebaut spokesman was quoted as saying: “Ruby chocolate is the fourth type of chocolate and is an intense sensorial delight.
Fun fact: Despite it’s red hue, the ruby chocolate contains zero added flavours, colours, or berries!
The chocolate was first released to experts in the chocolate field in Shanghai earlier this week, where it’s creators said they hoped to crack the millennial market with the colourful and trendy choc.
Without further ado, let’s get to some information I’m sure you’re dying to know!
What does ruby chocolate taste like?
“It offers a totally new taste experience, which is not bitter, milky or sweet, but a tension between berry-fruitiness and luscious smoothness,” describes inventor Barry
It’s said to be a unique taste, which will be hard to replicate without using the chocolate itself.
“It could be excellent news if the taste works for consumers, as it offers a new branch of manufacturers to explore,” said Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Duncan Fox
How much will the chocolate cost?
“Consumer research in very different markets confirms that Ruby chocolate not only satisfies a new consumer need found among millennials – hedonistic indulgence – but also high purchase intent at different price points.” – Peter Boone, the company’s chief innovation and quality officer
This statement suggests the item has plans to enter not only the niche market, but also the popular market, suggesting there will be various price points, much like milk, dark, and white chocolate.
Edward George, head of soft commodities research at Lome, Togo-based lender Ecobank Transnational Inc. said: “This has much higher margins [than the other 3 types of chocolate].”
When will ruby chocolate hit the shelves, and when can I get it?
Peter Boone, the company’s chief innovation and quality officer, said: “The chocolatier predicts the new Ruby chocolate category will soon hit the shelves in shops around the world as the “fourth reference” next to milk, white and dark.”
The chocolate is expected to be in supermarkets by the end of the year!