Sap To Syrup DVD {Review}

One of the greatest things about moving towards spring is that it starts maple syrup season! Have you ever thought of trying to make your own maple syrup or wondered how it’s made?

I invite you to watch a family-made documentary called Sap to Syrup, which follows the Wood family through their own backyard adventures of tapping their grove of maple trees and turning it into jars of delicious maple syrup.

The Wood family lives on Canada’s east coast in Prince Edward Island. This documentary shows the whole family of 10 from the very beginning of the process all the way to the jars at the end. They use a bucket and collection system, but one of the great things is that they visit with other families on the Island who also do syrup production – to see how they do it too. One place is a farm that using modern piping and system, another is a lady who boils her sap on a fire pit with aluminum pans, and another that collects at a neighbour’s lot. One key benefit of making maple syrup they repeat is how it’s a great family activity.

The video features different family members first re-enacting the origins of syrup and then explaining various steps in the process, like:

  • which trees you can tap
  • the equipment you will need
  • how to collect the sap
  • the evaporation station
  • how to boil it down and can it
  • making taffy

Semi-finalist in the 2013 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival, this DVD is really well done, although there are a few times where the volume changes and makes the voices harder to hear. The editing was great – moving smoothly from step to step. The music was beautiful in the background and added a nice touch. The video is not too long – just over half an hour – which was a great amount of time to get all the information in.

For me, I loved seeing this as a family project they do together, and how it’s completely possible to make your own syrup at home. In fact, I’m now debating seeing if we can sneak some taps and buckets into our 3 backyard maple trees (although I’m not sure the landlord would like that…. ha.)

Sap to Syrup

[Please note: This movie was created by a Christian family – and contains references to God, His provisions, Bible verses and music. Although I didn’t see this as intrusive, I did just want to let my readers know.]

For more information about the DVD, check out their website:


20 Comment(s)

  • by Amanda Posted February 7, 2014 9:32 am

    I use maple syrup in making lip balm…so yum!

    • by LisaMarie Posted February 7, 2014 9:43 am

      Well – there’s a unique idea! I’ve never heard of that before. Mmmm. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • by Carey Hurst Posted February 7, 2014 2:29 pm

    I use maple syrup on just about everything. I use it as sugar substitutes in baking, it is also great in tea instead of honey or with ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for chance.

  • by Robyn B. Posted February 7, 2014 3:30 pm

    I love maple syrup on my waffles.

  • by Jacqueline Muccio Posted February 7, 2014 5:25 pm

    I am such a bore compared all these women with great ideas…on homemade pancakes with fresh fruit but sometimes I add rum to the maple syrup! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • by Marianne Posted February 7, 2014 6:57 pm

    Pancakes or Waffles, though icecream is up there too.

  • by Allie Posted February 8, 2014 10:13 am


  • by Janice Posted February 10, 2014 11:36 am

    We love maple syrup on pancakes, waffles, ice cream and bacon.

  • by InezbyDesign Posted February 10, 2014 10:07 pm

    There are so many ways to eat maple syrup – even straight from the bottle ๐Ÿ™‚ I love maple syrup on icecream

  • by nicolthepickle Posted February 11, 2014 8:45 am

    I like it on pancakes.

  • by Melissa G Posted February 11, 2014 3:15 pm

    I love my maple syrup on pancakes and waffles!

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  • by Anna W Posted February 13, 2014 8:51 am

    I love maple syrup on baked salmon!

  • by amber Y Posted February 16, 2014 1:26 am

    I love my toast with a tiny bit of butter, a generous amount a orange marmalade and topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. It might sound like too much on a tiny bit of toast, but it is super delicious!!

  • by Toni Posted February 16, 2014 2:40 pm

    I love maple syrup on Ice Cream!

  • by NatalieR Posted February 16, 2014 6:44 pm

    Just love it on pancakes .. plain and simple .. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • by darci Posted February 20, 2014 1:43 am

    on English muffins- sinking into all the little holes!

  • by LK Posted February 21, 2014 11:58 am

    We like to eat the syrup in…pancakes, and watered down as a base for tea. Mmmm…

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