Boiling Sap

After visiting my family tapping trees yesterday, I decided to continue the sugaring season theme and visit Ed’s family today while they boiled down sap.  It takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup, so you can imagine what a long process it is.

The sugar house

Ed’s dad stands over the evaporator, getting what I call a maple sap facial

The wood-fired evaporator

As I said yesterday, dogs aren’t required, but who wouldn’t want to have the dogs present? Tucker and Jed made our time in the sugar house more fun.

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6 responses to “Boiling Sap

  1. Ab,

    How lucky are YOU that you get to make maple syrup with BOTH of your families!

    I just love the picture of you with the dogs and how your FIL is looking at you, like, “WOW, I’m actually going to be a grandpa some day soon, thanks to YOU!”

    Oh well, I just like to add my own commentary . . . looks like fun! Hopefully, we’re be boiling down in a day or two . . .

  2. Wow, thanks for this! I think it’s such an interesting process.

  3. I think it is great that ya’ll are maple syrup folk. 🙂 I would love to do this, but I doubt it will ever happen. Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. I love this post. I think it is great that you make your own syrup. I didn’t think you could start until March, but what do I know??

    Enjoy and let me know if you sell it somewhere or if we can buy it locally.

  5. Thank you for sharing t hese photos. Your blog makes the behind scenes of farming and the food industry come alive for me. So here I am typing away in the suburbs and I feel a little more connected to the people and places that my family depends on. Thank you!

    Btw, you look beautiful. I can’t wait to see some maternity pics!

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