Everyone went to the mountain today, but I stayed home because I wasn't feeling well. I completely cleaned out the kids rooms while they were gone. I think the yummy egg sandwich powered me. Nothing is better than the huge smiles and even bigger thanks I got from the kids when they got home. It added a much needed fill to my bucket!
SP started cooking this morning. The sap first boiled at 12:50. We are guessing about 15 gallons were processed. It's 9:45 pm and we are finishing it inside. It looks like we will need to get an earlier start next weekend.
We started with fairly frozen sap that needed to be cooked in order to thaw and strain.
Straining it off...
The finishing pot has a handy spigot
Filtering out all the bark and moss and even bugs and such
Evaporating the water. The sap was 1.7% sugar according to our hygrometer.
Watching it evaporate is akin to watching paint dry...
The mornings are getting colder and colder and scraping the frost off my windows is making me late to work. My car needs to go in the garage but the bay is full. We have a lot of work to do this weekend!
I am a mom of three children; trying to evolve, living locally and sustainably, and putting my MS to use, one ecological footprint at a time. I am a Native New Englander with a sense of wonder that began at a young age watching sunsets with my mother. I pass this on to my children and am preserving our family history in the process.