2 gallons? Do you know that the average ratio of the cook down is 40:1?We'll see how it goes. Right now I've got three taps running, more arriving this week, and I have maybe two gallons of sap since Saturday afternoon. I plan to boil down on Saturday with a wood fire to start, since I don't have a propane burner yet. Any advice otherwise?
I've read difference ratios also - but as I remember it takes a whole bunch of sap to get even 1 quart of syrup. We had 30 taps/buckets and a normal run for us lasted 7-10 days. With all that we ended up with 4-5 quarts of syrup.All the books I've read say it takes approximately 10 gallons of sap to make a quart of syrup. I've collected 2 gallons in the fist day and a half , so I figure I should get about 10g by this weekend. Once I receive the additional taps and buckets I figure I should have approximately 15 additional gallons the following weekend.
The books say not to keep the sap for more than 7 days before boiling so this weekend will be my first run.
Yes - that's what we did. Much easier to regulate the heat to finish it without burning. Once it gets burnt for even 2 seconds the whole batch is useless - yuck! Don't ask me how I know.......Once the bulk of the boiling was done, I was thinking about bringing it inside and finishing on the kitchen stove for better control. What do you think?
Thanks to your post i spent two hours on youtube last night learning how to make my own Maple syrup. I'm not really sure why since I have no maple trees.:unknown: But hey...if the time ever comes I'm educated. :good2:Anyone make their own maple syrup? I just bought a kit and tapped a few trees this past weekend. First timer here and we'll see how it goes.
I love learning all things for homesteading. But when we were doing it all and living off-grid there was no public internet and things like youtube - all learned from books and trial and error.Thanks to your post i spent two hours on youtube last night learning how to make my own Maple syrup. I'm not really sure why since I have no maple trees.:unknown: But hey...if the time ever comes I'm educated. :good2:
We've been making syrup in our neighborhood for the past 5 years, we made 32 gallons of syrup last year, It gets addicting. A great source for information is the forum Mapletrader.com.We moved to "the country" from the suburbs two years ago and are getting into the whole experience. Even reviving over-grown apple trees left over from when the property had a functioning orchard. Hopefully add some syrup to the mix this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed.
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OK looks like you are going the hard way but a good way to learn.Looking good Deere Ol Man. I don't have any hotel pans just going the stock pot route over an open fire like you have there. Any general tips?