Maple Syrup

Sap bottles (2)It’s been such a snowless winter that it seems impossible that sugaring season is upon us.

sap setupRus has a handy low tech system of boiling on a wood fire with a shallow stainless pan under a little roof to keep out snow and rain. It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup, so it takes a lot of boiling, then we finish the batch over propane where we can on the lookout for boil-overs.  Usually we yield about 10 gallons but it’s been such a quirky winter … we’ll at least make enough syrup to cover the church breakfasts in Chesterfield this year!