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    Boiled about 40 gallons down to 5 yesterday, working on another 40 now. Really missed that sweet smell and taste of steam rolling across my senses as a good rolling boil releases it's essence. Glad to be back in the
    woods and over the fire!

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    So, season is finally over. Not the best ever, not the worst ever. Although didn't have great runs, the sugar contents seemed really high all season long, made about 11 gallons of delicious syrup. Had a great time being back in the woods after a year removed. Already planning for upgrades and additional trees to add for next year. Guess now is time to switch my eyes from looking for maple trees while driving, to looking for dying elm trees . . . . Bring on the morels! See ya next year!

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    Here's to that Twisted Minds. Well said. See ya in 2020.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twisted Minds View Post
    Guess now is time to switch my eyes from looking for maple trees while driving, to looking for dying elm trees . . . . Bring on the morels! See ya next year!
    OMG, now that I know to look for dead elms my morel hunting may have just begun. It's something I have never done before. I have a great big dead elm right here! Can't wait until daybreak. lol Are there any other mushrooms that look like morels that are poisonous?
    ~ Karen ~

    2012 - 10 taps, 1 turkey fryer - 169.5L sap 4.2 L syrup
    2013 - 23 taps, 2 turkey fryers - 748.5 L sap 17.56 L syrup

    2014 - 22 taps, 509 L sap 12.5 L syrup
    2015 - 28 taps, 1093.75 L sap 25.1 L syrup
    2016 - 25 taps, 1223.5 L sap 28.25 L syrup
    2017 - 21 taps, 518.5 L sap 12.7 L syrup
    2018 - 28 taps, 2 turkey fryers & Denali 3 burner propane stove - 798L sap 16.9 L syrup
    2019 - 28 taps, 1409.5L sap 40.12L syrup

    Sugar, Norway, Manitoba, Silver and Freeman Maples



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    Quote Originally Posted by Run Forest Run! View Post
    Are there any other mushrooms that look like morels that are poisonous?
    If you check online look for a picture of a cutaway of a true morel its hollow throughout from stipe to cap all in one piece but there are a few false ones Gyromytra E (sp?) is one if you look that one up it has a folded "brain like" look and the stipe / cap is not all one piece. The false morels can be toxic but super easy to ID. Morels love dying or dead elms but our club members have found them just about every location you can imagine, I'm especially happy to find them on a plate with a steak and glass of red wine................... Jay
    Zucker Lager

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    Thanks Zucker Lager. I spent three glorious hours online, into the wee hours of the morning, reading up about morels. I am definitely going to be checking my property when the timing is right. It seems that I have some decent habitat for those delicious little things.
    ~ Karen ~

    2012 - 10 taps, 1 turkey fryer - 169.5L sap 4.2 L syrup
    2013 - 23 taps, 2 turkey fryers - 748.5 L sap 17.56 L syrup

    2014 - 22 taps, 509 L sap 12.5 L syrup
    2015 - 28 taps, 1093.75 L sap 25.1 L syrup
    2016 - 25 taps, 1223.5 L sap 28.25 L syrup
    2017 - 21 taps, 518.5 L sap 12.7 L syrup
    2018 - 28 taps, 2 turkey fryers & Denali 3 burner propane stove - 798L sap 16.9 L syrup
    2019 - 28 taps, 1409.5L sap 40.12L syrup

    Sugar, Norway, Manitoba, Silver and Freeman Maples



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    Quote Originally Posted by Run Forest Run! View Post
    OMG, now that I know to look for dead elms my morel hunting may have just begun. It's something I have never done before. I have a great big dead elm right here! Can't wait until daybreak. lol Are there any other mushrooms that look like morels that are poisonous?
    RunForestRun, yes and no. There are false morels, but once you've seen and picked real morels, they're really easy to distinguish between. A good site to follow, much as I do here (hope this is ok to post), is morels.com. I don't believe they have a Canada report, but if you follow along with general states reports, probably Michigan as far as climate, you should be able to keep up with best times to look. Also, as with mapletrader, they have very friendly and helpful members, always willing to help novice and veteran as well share in the experience. If you do check it out, I am on the Wisconsin page under same moniker. They also have lots of information on other wild edibles. Best of luck.

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    Thanks so much for the guidance Twisted Minds. I stumbled across morels.com today and will definitely read more on that site. Hunting for morels sounds wonderful. A true treasure hunt!
    ~ Karen ~

    2012 - 10 taps, 1 turkey fryer - 169.5L sap 4.2 L syrup
    2013 - 23 taps, 2 turkey fryers - 748.5 L sap 17.56 L syrup

    2014 - 22 taps, 509 L sap 12.5 L syrup
    2015 - 28 taps, 1093.75 L sap 25.1 L syrup
    2016 - 25 taps, 1223.5 L sap 28.25 L syrup
    2017 - 21 taps, 518.5 L sap 12.7 L syrup
    2018 - 28 taps, 2 turkey fryers & Denali 3 burner propane stove - 798L sap 16.9 L syrup
    2019 - 28 taps, 1409.5L sap 40.12L syrup

    Sugar, Norway, Manitoba, Silver and Freeman Maples



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    Quote Originally Posted by Run Forest Run! View Post
    Thanks Zucker Lager. I spent three glorious hours online, into the wee hours of the morning, reading up about morels. I am definitely going to be checking my property when the timing is right. It seems that I have some decent habitat for those delicious little things.
    Don't stop with just morels there are many fungi available throughout the year that are great edibles and I agree with Twisted Minds that joining a club is a great way to learn how / what to pick "safely" If you search Mycological Societies in your area I'll bet you'll find one close enough to go along on a foray sometime. Enjoy foraging fungi its as addicting as maple sugaring ha ha Jay
    Zucker Lager

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