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Continued: Anderson: Waiting eagerly for sap to flow

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 15, 2013 - 12:21 AM

Disquieting as well, I haven’t yet piled enough wood to fire Big John’s super-duper new cooker. This also is work, but good work, as any wood cutter will tell you; the process from beginning to end an exercise of the type of aggressive tendencies so often seen in the Legislature.

The upshot is that gathering at least some food by your own hand, whether with a gun, a hoe or a bowed back, can provide multiple benefits.

It is true that real maple syrup can be purchased, as can meat wrapped in cellophane, wild rice in a bag and poultry made quickly fat by the wonders of chemistry.

But having your own hand in the mix enriches the process, and the outcome. A venison steak grilled rare can rival beef, as can a pheasant, a chicken. And maple syrup cooked down from your own sap has no equal.

Soon daytime temperatures will hover in the mid-40s, followed by freezing nights. It’s then that sap from the old maples will flow freely.

Scurrying in its collection, I, along with John the Welding Artist, aka the Dude, along with Big John and many others, will be in the woods after it.

 

Dennis Anderson • danderson@startribune.com

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