Further Musings

Beauty smote his heart, he looked up from the forsaken land & hope returned to him

Making Maple Syrup

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Last weekend I was in Amherst with my dear friends the C’s.  Amongst our many bucolic pursuits we make maple syrup from sap collected each day from trees on the property.

On Friday Bill and I built the boiler.  I’m pretty proud of the setup we constructed. For the front end we built a large oven and on the back end we put an old wood stove. Over the oven we put the specialty boiling pan and over the wood stove we put a large pot with a spigot. The sap went into the pot, preheated, and then trickled constantly into the boiling pan.

On Saturday we started around 6pm and boiled into the wee hours of the morning.  The rolling boil was wonderful to see. It was pretty amazing to sample the remaining liquid every hour and taste it getting sweeter and sweeter.

It takes 40 gallons of sap to produce one gallon of syrup.  That’s a lot of time to make conversation while tending the fire and warming oneself by the warmth of the stove. We made it down to about four gallons before we stumbled into bed.

In the end I left with a jar of last year’s syrup.  Word is that they’re swimming in syrup this weekend . . . over three gallons worth.

It was great fun to create something so wonderful: from the collecting, to the boiling, to the constant taste tests.  It was lovely.  Cold, communal, and lovely.


Written by furthermusings

March 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm

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  1. love it that you used the word “bucolic”!

    in process

    March 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm

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