Maple Syrup

On March 2nd, Sonja and I helped my parents in collecting maple sap and making maple syrup.  My dad built quite the firebox from a wood stove and we used a evaporator table made by a welder in Orillia. Eventually, we even incorporated a fan to create a high temperature flame and had a  roiling boil.




My Dad made a mound of snow and placed our sap syrup barrels within them to act as a natural fridge while we collected enough sap to eventually boil it down.   The use of the snow blocking the driveway as a temporary cold-house around the sap is a great example of permaculture thinking — there is a lot of promise for snow and ice houses to preserve fruit and vegetables.


While Sonja and I were up, we managed to fill 9 bottles with syrup.  It tasted so delicious.  We also drank a few cups of the sap fresh from the tree — the taste is so smooth and silky — caramel and butter water.  In hindsight I wish we had filled up a few bottles with the sap to enjoy for the rest of the week!


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