Since I'm sure you've been wondering how our boxelder (maple) syrup experiment is going, I thought I'd give y'all a little update.
Three gallons. From 4 (leaky) taps. That makes a total of about 10 gallons collected so far. Do you know what this means, my friends? This means that, quite possibly, with a week or so to go of sap season, we will get a quart or more of syrup out of this.
How long will that last us, you ask? Well...about 3 weeks ;)
By the way, you can click here to see all of my sappy maple/boxelder syrup posts.
Public Service Message:
A friend of mine noticed in this post that I was cooking the sap indoors. I'm doing it inside rather than outside because we're anticipating having such a small amount. But, she mentioned that cooking the sap inside could ruin the finish on kitchen cabinets, because of humidity, but even more because sticky particulates can be thrown up into the air and deposit on the cupboards, which are then difficult, if not impossible, to remove. So if you're going to cook syrup inside, be sure to protect your cabinets. She suggested using freezer paper, or I suppose you could use plastic sheeting or even garbage bags.