Back Yard Maple Syrup '06

This is our third year making maple syrup from the three trees in our yard. Here's a blog detailing this spring's adventure.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

3/12 First Cooking-Huge Flow-Snow Storm

So today the flow was enormous. After the warmth of a couple days ago stopping the flow, it really ran fast today. We poured off over 10 1/2 gallons this afternoon from those seven taps. I'm not sure I can handle all this sap. We're already at over 25 gallons in just four days!

Had our first cooking tonight and it took forever. A major winter storm started up just as we were stoking up the fire. Took a while to get it hot enough, but it was working well after about an hour.

Started the fire at 5:00PM and I was out there in the mud, wind, and driving snow every 20 minutes until about 3:00AM. Nice. I cooked off about 15 gallons tonight. I was having trouble seeing into the tub to check on the sap level, and of course that almost killed me. At the end the sap was so boiled off it would have crystallized almost immediately so I had to dilute it a little bit with 1.5 to 2 quarts of fresh sap. Poured it into the filter and the indoor pan -- in the riving wind and snow and brought it in. I just threw it into the fridge and went to bed.

It took way too long to cook it all off this day, but I knew the deal when I signed up.


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