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 26, 2006

3/25 Big Cooking Day

This morning it started at about 8:15 and it kept going until Henry's birthday party at the roller rink at 12:30. I stoked up the fire one last time and we left. Got back to the house at 3:30 and the kettle was still steaming. Nice!

I put away what was in there in a pail until later. We went to Trip's hockey game and (lost 6-3 but he got a goal!). Got back and started up the fire again at 6:15. Just finished it up at about 12:00AM. We got through about 20 gallons today. This is real progress.

Now we have about three quarts of finished syrup and another half gallon ready to finish, now I've just got to can it all.

So now there's about 17 gallons left to cook...Hope to get all that done tomorrow. We're getting a cord of oak delivered tomorrow too, which should help.

The trees have stopped producing. There was very little in the bags today even though the temps were in the low 40s. It was cloudy so maybe that had something to do with it. It should pick back up again real soon. We're approaching the 100+ gallon production and I'm pretty confident that'll be passed this season.

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