To date, we have finished 5 pints of syrup. Just in case you're not up on your English unit volume measurements, that's 5/8 of a gallon. And just in case you're not good with fractions, that's more than half a gallon of yummy pure maple (boxelder) syrup.
But we have a little bit of a problem. I'll show you:
- The most sap I've ever cooked in a day was 3 gallons. And that was going non-stop from about 8 a.m. to about 10 p.m.
- I currently have 8 gallons of sap waiting to be cooked (yes, we still have snow on the ground--there's snow in the forecast, too. Don't let that distract you).
- Yesterday, I collected 5 gallons of sap at around 3 p.m., and this morning, I collected another 4. Overnight, FOUR gallons.
- Based on the weather forecast, we've got at least 5 more days of sappy weather coming*.
I can't keep up. Soon, Every. Single. Container in our household that is capable of holding liquid will be holding sap. That's our cake saver up there.
It holds 2 gallons, just in case you were wondering.
Yes, this whole experience has exceeded our expectations tremendously. We were hoping for a quart of syrup. We're gonna end up with more than 4 times that.
* With a conservative estimate of 5 gallons per day for 5 more days, um...uh...help? If we do this again, we're gonna need a bigger evaporator.