Sunday, January 23, 2011
Get Ready for the Big Stack
It's getting close- almost there. Get ready for that tap, tap, tap when the sap starts running, drip by drip into the collection buckets. Then it's hours and hours of boiling until the sap becomes thicker, watching carefully so it's just this side of sugar, unless sugar is your goal. A 40 to 1 ratio, you need a lot of sap to make a gallon. We collected a little already but the temperature dropped too low so we are back on stand by.
My husband designed a fire pit to boil the sap with added grates for cooking on the side. Most times it's eggs for breakfast and brats for lunch due to the hours sitting- truly watching a pot boil.
See Tap My Trees for detailed information.
I froze some of it from last year only to discover that it does not freeze solid but separates the ultra sweet syrupy goodness from the little water that was left. If you spoon down to the bottom you get the sweetest of the sweet! I had the great idea to drizzle some of it over ice cream.