I made mention that I was going to try and make birch syrup this year. This is the first 2 bottles that were made. I learned a lot in the week that I was boiling sap. (and boiling sap, and boiling sap) I now understand why a small bottle costs more than $7 at the grocery store. It isn't because it is hard, but because of how little time you have to harvest, how much you have to harvest, and how long it takes to turn it into syrup.
We tapped 10 trees to collect from each day. We ended up getting between 4-6 gallons of sap per day. That isn't much but it's a lot when you don't have a pot big enough to hold 6 gallons.
You would think that the best part of this experience would be getting the syrup and having the I did it feeling of accomplishment. I'm very thankful for those, but the best is when I had a group of friends here who wanted to know how to do it, and I was the teacher so to speak. They all left with their own gallon of sap to boil down that day. I was excited when one of them went out and tapped her own trees the next day. I'm so blessed to have friends who aren't afraid to try new things, that don't look at me like I'm crazy for trying, and get just as excited as I do over the small stuff. I couldn't ask for better ladies in my life right now.
So that is my syrup making experience. I have a new appreciation for syrup of any kind because the process is all the same. So another thing marked off on my try it list...gotta find more stuff to keep adding. With that my newest news is my baby lamb is here (not home yet though) so handspinning wool is a definite have to learn this year. Will be putting up pics of her soon....going to take the kids to see her on Saturday.