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.

Monday, March 20, 2006

3/19 Second Cooking Done

Started this one late...of course we were super busy all day and I couldn't get the fire started until after 6:00 tonight. Get 'er steamin' hot by about 30 minutes and then finished with the fire by about midnight. Only cooked about 11 gallons of sap in six hours...not too bad, 1.8 gallons per hour. I brought the concentrate inside for the final cooking and got it all done by about 1:00AM. It's still in the fridge this morning and I'll wait for a few days before canning it so the sediment can settle. Probably got another 4 to 5 cups of syrup out of tonight. And I smell like smoke (though it kinda smells good).

Of course the taps were flowing again today and we pulled in another zix gallons today. I'm getting anxious about the volume of sap...The weather looks to be really good for a run this week. Ugh.

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