Archive for March, 2010

Dakota’s 2nd Birthday


Thanks to everyone that came and thanks for all the gifts. Dakota really enjoyed her day and has been singing Happy Birthday ever since ….

Syrup making day …


This weekend I set up the grill, in the empty woodshed (out of the rain), and boiled down the sap we’ve been collecting. I boiled down about 35 quarts over a day and a half. Unfortunately, the grill wouldn’t get it to a rolling boil, so it went slower than I had hoped.

Once it was down to a reasonable amount, I brought it inside to finish.

Once it had boiled down enough, I put it in jars and processed it in the canner just for good measure.

Trial Run


I decided to do a trial run of making maple syrup. The goal was to get some idea how much syrup I should expect to end up with. Turns out a little under 2 quarts made a little over 1/4 cup. So conservatively, our roughly 20 gal of sap should make roughly 10 pints. Couldn’t help but have some late night pancakes while I was at it… mmm.

Maple Syrup


This weekend I finally got around to tapping a pair of sugar maple trees on our property. So far so good, there are 3 inches of sap in one of the buckets already! Here are some pictures.