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.


Filed under Food, Living from Scratch, Local Agriculture

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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