I shared a picture from last week's tap setting, and now I have the rest of the story.
Sam has been learning all he can about maple syrup making in Wisconsin so he can write the winning essay for the Ag in the Classroom essay contest. I don't know of any better way to learn than to jump in and learn as we go. Here's a picture diary of the process.
|Drilling for the first tap.|
|Setting the tap.|
|We're in business!|
|Running to the next Maple tree.|
|Little brothers helping? getting in the way?|
|Now we wait for the first few drops of spring tonic.|
Our sap running weather was very short and we only put out two taps, so not much sap before the cold weather set in again. We got 2.5 gallons of sap and did a quick calculation:
1 gallon syrup x
------------------- = ---------------
40 gallons sap 2.5 gallons sap
x = .0625 gallons
One more proportion to convert gallons to cups and we should yield a whopping 1 cup of pure maple syrup. Let's see what happened.
|We strained out bits of bark from the sap.|
|We assessed the strainings and felt slightly guilty for using a $1.59 filter for this tiny amount of sap.|
|This is a costly way of cooking down sap, but for our first time and such a small amount of sap, and I couldn't spend a lot of time outside boiling with Sam, it worked best to have him close to the house in case he had questions or needed me.|
And here you have it! Our first taste of our own maple syrup. Almost 1 full cup.
And for the record, it tasted so good on homemade waffles this morning.
Daytime temps are moderating again; the buckets are out again!
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