This past Saturday our Primary kids were invited to go learn how to make maple syrup--from beginning to end--at the home of some of the members in our branch (our church congregation) who live out in the boonies on a farm. I used to love reading about maple syrup making in the Laura Ingalls books, so this was really fun for me to experience.
When we first got there, we learned about boiling the sap down into syrup for a few minutes before we started at the actual beginning. Did you know it takes 40 gallons of tree sap to get just one gallon of syrup! No wonder the real stuff can be so expensive!
And now we are ready to put the sap into the boiler. You have to pour it into the strainer first, where it strains the ice out. This cuts down on boiling time since the sap itself doesn't freeze, only the water in it.
We have a couple maple trees in our yard, and we're seriously considering trying to tap them. We'll see...we'd probably only get a pint of syrup for all that work, but wouldn't it be so fun? I guess we'd better get on it...our window is probably nearly over....