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.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

3/25 Another Cooking and Slower Flow

Cooked up another batch yesterday. Started the fire at 6:30PM and finished it off at 1:00AM for 10 gallons. The wood I have to burn is kinda wet so the fire's not as hot so it's taking longer, but still about 1 1/2 gallons per hour in the tub.

I finally ordered some real firewood which will come tomorrow.

The buckets which I had full before the cold are still frozen. I knew there was some liguid in there so decided to go ahead and biol those. The big ice block was tricky to maneuver into the kettle, but in it went.

There are eight buckets full of sap out there waiting to cook. I started another cooking this morning at 8:15 and it's going strong. I hope to be almost caught up by the end of the weekend.

So far we've collected over 85 gallons of sap from our seven taps. I would say we might be 2/3 through the season (guess).

Just a Muddy Mess

Of course with all the melting snow it's become a complete mud bath out there. Each time I step my boots become stuck in the mud and almost get sucked right off my feet. So the mud should dry a bit but for now it's a serious mess.

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