Most of the trees were already tapped but we added a few more and re-tapped some of the trees that were not dripping. After the hole is drilled a metal spigot is hammered into the hole so that the sap can flow into a bucket.
If you are lucky you get a bucket that looks like this.... Overflowing with sap. Only a couple of the 40 - 50 trees we had tapped flowed like this.
Any sap in there?
All of the collected sap gets strained through this old milk strainer and stored in a 50 gallon bucket. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. We collected about 20 gallons on Saturday.
And then we boil! The pan on top of this stove, that my Dad made, is filled with sap and the boiling begins. As it evaporates more sap is added until everything we collected is in the pan. The boiling continues until there is only about a gallon or so of sap (almost syrup at this point) left in the pan. That is poured off and taken home to finish boiling down in a smaller pot until it is syrup. Then the hot syrup is put up in mason jars and sealed.
In the morning you can enjoy you hard work on pancakes while you look out the window at a scene like this in the backyard. Neat ha?
I hope you enjoyed my little sugaring photos. I will try to find my desk and come up with something crafty very soon. Thanks for stopping by!