Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Snow on the Sugar Tree

I woke to collect any sap to come after the prior tipping.

That's when the snow began to fall.

Two hundred fifty six ounces of sap, nearly fluid as water, and hardly sweet.

And the snow continued to fall.

The sap continued to boil, scenting the kitchen with caramelized sugar.

And as the snow began to accumulate

the sap grew thicker and thicker.

Nearing one fortieth the volume, it left the pot for the filter.

When it was over, four inches of snow

and eight sweet ounces of maple syrup. 


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    1. The hardest part was identifying maples!

  2. Wonderful snow and sap juxtaposition, with a hard-won, luscious reward!! Today is my birthday, and you have given me a beautiful gift. Appreciatively, Leslie in Oregon

  3. I always wondered how the sap was turned into syrup. Somehow I thought it would be more difficult.

    1. Kath, if you are doing it in bulk there are some considerations beyond this simple set up. Yet, when it comes down to it, take sap from the tree, boil it down until its syrup, strain it. Done.