In yesterday's post I talked about a visit to Jean and Gary's maple operation. As Richard and I left, Jean gave me an ice cream container of maple sap that she had collected from a tree in front of her house.
So today was the start of Ronna's maple operation. I started to boil this pot of sap. When I started this pot was almost full.
I learned from Jean and Gary that maple sap become syrup at 7 degrees above boiling (212F) so I used my trusty candy thermometer to check it.
After 2 hours of boiling and at 219F it looked just like syrup.
So I poured it into a jelly jar...
..and look at that colour!
In the end there wasn't much syrup. The ice cream container on the left was the amount of sap I started with (coincidentally the original flavour of the ice cream was "sugar shack maple.") But I bet my little jelly jar of syrup is going to be delicious.