|Sugar maple tree in the front yard|
|About 2.5 gallons sap|
It's a cold, blustery, raw day out there today, really not a nice day to be outside. When I collected sap around 1 p.m., there was a cold, light drizzle coming down, what our rancher friend from Wyoming used to call spittin.' It's now raining actively, although it's hovering right around freezing.
Because of the rain, I'm boiling under our carport rather than on our open patio as I usually do. I had three ice-cream pails of sap in the freezer, collected earlier in the week, so I added them to my 8-gallon pot with the fresh sap from the last day and a half. Took a while to melt that ice!
A woodpecker stopped by to visit while I was waiting for the frozen sap to melt. She was hungry and stayed on the feeder a long time, but was a little camera-shy so I couldn't get too close to her.
|Now we're cooking!|
The sap will probably have to cook for close to 2 hours before it has reduced enough to bring it inside. It already smells good!