Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Maple syrup in the making

Our collected maple sap is currently on the fire at the maintenance building. Beginning the boiling process to reduce the water out of the sap and make our Glen Echo natural Maple Syrup. Chef Rob is excited. He went out with me Saturday an drilled a few trees and put a couple of taps in place. He already has a couple of recipes in mind to utilize the syrup. We have collected about 60 gallons of sap so far so it will probably take a couple of day to process it down. Should make about 1 1/2 gallons of syrup. The below 32 degree nights over the next few days and above 32 degree days should provide for some pretty good sap flow and collection over the next few days.
Pan boiling away the water out of our first batch of syrup.
Our water coolers holding the 60 gallons of sap collected over the last 4-5 day.

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