Just call us Ingalls because we did it!
And by "we" I, of course, mean not me but the rest of my family. I watched a bit and cheered them on but I had pressing work inside spinning yarn and churning and such. Or not.
But our little experiment worked! Do you see that beauty? Real syrup from our own real trees!
We bought six taps. We have about a dozen maple trees but I convinced Brian that six was more than enough. The first tree tapped wasn't giving anything so the next night Brian and John Paul went out and picked different ones. We tapped a total of five trees, placing two in one of the bigger ones.
Twice a day John Paul has been going out and checking on them, emptying them into a larger bucket as necessary. (I know, you already saw these two pics but you can't write a "we made syrup" post without a couple pics of the actual tapping now, can you?)
On Sunday, yet another frigid cold day, Brian set up the fire pit and boiling stove.
Old cinder blocks, a couple of pieces of metal from the store, old wood and pallets for fuel. And my canning stock pot which he promised he wouldn't ruin.
The boys were out there much of the time because fire. And Papa. And wood. And fire. All the things the boys love most.
The fire went from about noon til dusk as the sap boiled and boiled and boiled.
This one petered out the earliest.
A few more stove shots...
Tasting the sap (and warming up!)
Love how into it this guy has been.
Commemorating the occasion...
The sap still wasn't done by sundown so Brian boiled it a few more hours inside. Then strained and funneled it into the jar. We still have lots of sap dripping so I think the plan is to make another batch or two. We have a whole lot of other pressing chores to take care of before baby but most of them can't happen before the snow melts and yard dries anyway which may take a good long while. But hopefully not because I'm starting to get antsy. I mean, I can't exactly play Carolyn without my clothesline fixed and garden tilled, can I??
Isn't it pretty?
And seriously, not even pretending, it is SO good. Better than the store without doubt. We all took a taste but the rest is being saved for after Easter…then y'all are invited over for some buttermilk pancakes. Maybe I'll even churn the butter for you :)
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