We had better luck than last year using an electric stove so our syrup boiled down at a more even rate. If you do this and you have an electrical hookup outside or can run an extension cord to a single electric burner, it’s worth it. The gas stove just wasn’t a happy way to do this with all the wind and whatnot. Also my aunt gave us the hint that it’s best not to keep adding fresh sap to a bucket you’re already boiling down. Once you start boiling, let it go and only combine at the end when you’ve got it all boiled down to the same level. Smart. I think that helped us this year too.
We tapped the sugar maples and 2 of the red maples this year. I didn’t have enough spiles and buckets to do more trees or I would have tapped every maple type tree on the property. I bought 10 new spiles and hose set ups for next year. My next order to Uline will include some colorful buckets. 2014 will be a banner syrup year for us if I manage to tap all the trees I want to.
We still don’t have a ton of syrup but it will last a while. I think we got close to 9 pints but that’s just an estimate. Jars have been consumed and there are some at my parents and inlaws, and some at our house. I see lots of pancakes and granola in our future.