It's been a few days, but I think by now you're all used to sporadic content from me. Life has been plain old nuts; I've been putting in steady 10-12 hour days at the office and trying to keep the house in one piece (and STILL trying to get it ready to list) and stay at some version of sane.
Even though we're planning to sell, I decided that we should take advantage of the sugar maples we have on the property. Yes, we tapped late - according to most, the proper time was about a month ago - but we've gotten a solid 40-50 gallons of good sap. One tree has gone over, and the other is probably a day away - but that's tomorrow's problem.
We don't have a good outdoor firepit to boil over - and tending a wood fire is MAJOR work - so we've been doing it over propane. Not ideal, but it's working. I borrowed a turkey fryer from a friend, and that was our first step. Next day we bought a 6" hotel pan and put it on a Coleman camp stove, and that has been fantastic. LOTS of evaporation.
There's now a pan of nearly-finished on the stove inside, boiling off the last quart or two of water.
1 month ago