Did you know that Maple Water is good for you, and you can drink it straight from the tree! Did you know that maple sap is loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polyphenols, and other good things? It’s delish with a slight sweetness. I think it’s the best energy drink you’ll ever have.
When it’s maple tapping time in Wisconsin, I look forward to drinking my freshly collected maple water. This wonderful natural water is healthy and refreshing. My hair and fingernails really begin to grow after I’ve been drinking it! It’s the perfect drink to revitalize your body after a long cold winter. I really think maple water should be more promoted, maybe even more so than the maple syrup, because with the cooking process, you lose most of the health benefits you get from the un-processed sap.
As soon as I collect the sap from my trees, I filter it right away with a commercial sap filter. This removes any impurities. Then I pour it into a pitcher that goes into my fridge. I also jar up several quarts worth and freeze it, so I can enjoy this refreshing drink through the hot summer months.
Maple Water Coffee
The first thing I love to do in the morning after checking sap buckets, is have a cup of coffee brewed with maple sap. Yes, you can make coffee or tea with your maple water! I don’t recommended you run the maple water through a coffeepot drip machine, because the sap is slightly sticky and it could gum up your machine.
Instead I like to heat up my sap on the stove or in the microwave, then add my tea bag or a Folgers instant coffee bag. I love the Folgers coffee bags, they are great for on the go. Or you could give the Aeropress a try. It’s a handy little gadget for making coffee with the sap. You can use any coffee grounds you have on hand. It’s also very easy to take apart and clean. There’s no worries with the sap gumming it up. The Aeropress is perfect for travel and camping. I really recommend those who love their coffee and travel, have one of them. It also makes a great cup of Joe, how light or dark you want to go.
If you don’t care for either of these methods, there’s also the Coffee Percolator. They are easy to find and easy to clean after brewing your maple coffee.
Pretty much anything you use water for in a drink or food recipe. You can use the fresh maple water in its place. Yes, even in your cooking!
I’m also a handcrafted soap maker and use the maple sap and coffee in my soaps, but I’ll save that for another day.
So hopefully come next year, I have encouraged you to do a little maple tapping and sap drinking. Even if you only have one tree available to you, you’ll get enough to freeze and enjoy for the summer months. You will be amazed at how refreshed you’ll feel drinking the maple water fresh from the tree!