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    I just wanted to thank everyone who participated in this thread. Just made a batch of maple almonds, and WOW are they good. And so easy! These will make great little gift bags.

    Thanks again!
    2016: First year. Homemade evaporator out of little woodburning stove with steam tray pans. 6 taps on buckets. 1.1 galls syrup
    2017: Same little homemade evaporator, but souped up. 15 taps - all on buckets

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    Much appreciated replies. Thanks.
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    Great thread.. saw it yesterday and had to make up some maple cashews today. Love the aroma as the maple syrup is approaching the 240 mark.

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    Yeah, it's a great way to get that special maple smell back in the house in the off season. I'll add a tip for anyone who is making a variety of nuts. I make my first batch with a hard nut like an almond, then I'll make the meatier/softer nuts. The first batch takes a little longer to crystalize and the nuts take a bit of a beating. After that, the mixing bowl seems to be primed and the taffy crystalizes faster, so it takes less stirring, so the nuts don't break up as much. I've found when I start with a pecan or walnut first, I ended up stirring longer and breaking more nuts into pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocsMapleSyrup View Post
    Can maple nuts be frozen? If left at room temperature, is there a shelf life to candied nuts? Will they mold in a platic bag? With Christmas coming up, I'm thinking about gifts but it would be nice if I could get those ready ahead of Christmas.
    Yes they can be frozen. I've frozen them and when I want some I just pull some out of the freezer and eat them right from the freezer. Don't have to defrost them.
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    I made some last year, so delicious, but the nuts themselves seem to be expensive, so adding cost of making and the syrup, I wonder what a reasonable price point is for a small, say 4 oz jar.

    Anybody have a good inexpensive source to buy them? Especially pecans or walnuts.
    2014 Year 1, 1 large front yard shade tree with 3 taps - 3 quarts of the best syrup I ever had.
    2015 - Convince In-laws and Neighbors, bought F-150 and bricks. 20 taps, 4 gallons in pretty bottles.
    2016 -- More friends and neighbors, should add another 20 +, built temporary shelter as sugar shack. F150 traded for Ram 2500. Big Blue new barrels for 116 gal storage. 8 gallons Syrup.
    2017 - Mortared Brick Arch with serving pans, no make that an 18 x 48 CDL divided flat pan, 48 taps.

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    BJs has the best prices in this area.
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    Something north of 200 taps
    2x6 W.F. Mason with Phaneuf pans
    Deer Run 125 RO
    6 hives of bees
    Keeping the day job until I can start living the dream.

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    Thank You SeanD.

    Best I found today was $4.99 for an 8 oz bag of pecan halves at Ocean state job lot. They also had walnuts at $3.99/ lb. I bought a few to get me started anyway.

    I have been rinsing my filters in preheat sap, then refiltering the sand out. The concentrate I have is not finished, but definitely darker, so I will use this for nuts.

    I am going to try the red copper pan also, supposed to be tougher than Teflon, and the sugar sticks to regular.
    2014 Year 1, 1 large front yard shade tree with 3 taps - 3 quarts of the best syrup I ever had.
    2015 - Convince In-laws and Neighbors, bought F-150 and bricks. 20 taps, 4 gallons in pretty bottles.
    2016 -- More friends and neighbors, should add another 20 +, built temporary shelter as sugar shack. F150 traded for Ram 2500. Big Blue new barrels for 116 gal storage. 8 gallons Syrup.
    2017 - Mortared Brick Arch with serving pans, no make that an 18 x 48 CDL divided flat pan, 48 taps.

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    Try the nuts before you candy them. I bought some walnuts at OSJL a few years back and I had to spit them out they were so bad.
    Woodville Maples
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    Something north of 200 taps
    2x6 W.F. Mason with Phaneuf pans
    Deer Run 125 RO
    6 hives of bees
    Keeping the day job until I can start living the dream.

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    I did not read the whole thread, ( way too long, and I am too lazy). after you mixed nuts in syrup, did you roll them in some kind of sugar. or is that the sugar from the syrup? thanks, and very nice pictorial

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