We tapped our maple trees on February 1st this year, a full month earlier than we did last year. It’s been a mild winter, obviously. The sap started pouring out rather fast then the temperatures did dip and it stopped for a few days. It’s back to running, however; and the temperatures are predicted to perfect for the rest of this week, in the 20s at night and in the 40s during the day.
We don’t harvest gallons upon gallons of sap each day, so we don’t need a giant evaporated to boil the sap down. I boil down sap almost every night on the stove top. As the sap finishes boiling, I keep a close eye on it so that it doesn’t boil down into sugar instead of sap (I’ve done that accidently more than once). This bit of time spent watching a pot boil gives me time to delve into my stack of books from the library – review coming soon.
It feels good to be doing a little harvesting from the land and preserving food again. It might be earlier in the year than usual, but I’ll make syrup when the sap runs. What’s happening in your garden and kitchen these days?