Sorry for the huge delay in this post. It got "lost" among all my other posts and since I didn't see it, I kept thinking that I had already posted this! :P Oops!
Here's the first post that I did on maple syrup.
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It's time to collect the sap! Sap collecting is fun. . . so long as the weather is nice. :) Basically, all we need to do is go to a bucket, take it down or remove the lid (depending on which bucket it is), and pour the sap that's inside into our "collecting buckets".
Once there's enough sap, Mom starts up the fire and begins to boil!
|Here's our evaporator. No fire in it yet :P|
The sap needs to boil for a very long time. Or anyway, until it turns dark and thick like syrup. In the picture below, it shows the different stages of the sap boiling. At the very back is the pan of fresh sap. It slowly gets darker and darker.
After tons of boiling (I'm not exaggerating) we end up with something like this. Pretty yucky looking, isn't it?
And boil some more!