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Maple Syrup Time Has Passed But. . .

A few jars of syrup were canned this spring.

With yet another weird spring we managed to collect about 80 gallons of sugar maple sap in 2021. It was cold and blustery but hubby tapped those trees anyway and cooked off the syrup on our propane turkey fryer in the garage. A small tank of gas boiled down about 10 gallon of sap in about 5-6 hours which gives us about a quart of maple syrup in each run. The syrup was cooked down in the garage, moved to my kitchen to strain three times and cook down to desired thickness. We thought it was probably the thickest we’ve ever made. Trying to farm and cook off syrup at the same time became a little harried at times and two pots became scorched near the end and had to be thrown out!! But in all it was a quick process and we processed 15 pints and half pints this year. The end product was worth it and those plates of French toast were delicious.

French toast from homemade bread, duck eggs and homemade maple sugar sure are yummy!!

Weather Coming In

Sun is shining in front of the house and fog is rolling in behind the house.

There’s a front rolling in here this morning around 10:00 or 11:00 so the cattle are being fed before the farmer is. He wanted to feed the cattle their hay and grain before it’s covered with rain and probably ice because it’s 32*.

The number on the top left is outside, on the right inside and in the middle is the wind speed. We love our weather machine!
Rolling out bales of orchard grass for one herd of cattle.

While hubby is taking care of the stock I prepared breakfast.

French toast using our chicken eggs.
Crisp bacon that we buy from the Cattleman’s Store in Lexington VA.

My French toast recipe is six eggs, 1/2 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, all beaten together until frothy. While I’m beating this up, I’m also melting a half stick of butter in my electric skillet. I dip slices of bread into the egg mixture and lay them out in the melted butter, growing each side. This makes a dozen slices of toast and when they’re done I fry the bacon in the same skillet. Everything is done and setting on the table when hubby walks in the house.

Normally we would use our own maple syrup but Mother Nature hasn’t been kind for two years, so we use Mrs. Butterworth’s until we can harvest our own. If all goes well we’ll be tapping trees and making syrup in the sugar house in late February or March.

Maybe not breakfast of champions but close!! ūüôā

At the end of the meal when I’m cleaning up the kitchen I also clean up those used egg shells. Once they’re washed out, I put them in a pan on my dryer to dry thoroughly. The next day I drop them in a clean bag, crush the shells into small pieces and store them until garden time. We drop the shells around our plants in the each row of the garden to get rid of any unwanted creatures eating the plants and to add calcium to the plants. Last spring our garden was “almost” bug free!!

Cleaned egg shells waiting to dry.
Crushed egg shells waiting to be used in the garden this spring.
Sadie waiting patiently watching the cows being fed and for Dad to come in for breakfast.

2013 Maple Syrup Season Completed

It took three days of work for my husband and a very special friend and our kids and the maple syrup is cooked off and ready to sell.  From 235 gallons cooked down to 59 pints of golden maple syrup.  

Hubby collected the sap three days and stored the tank in the garage to keep it chilled.  He and our friend from Giles county worked on it from 10:30 Friday morning until 12:30 that night and started again at 6:30 on Saturday morning.

 Several of the neighbors came to visit and watch the creation and some friends from Blacksburg came on Saturday afternoon but not in time to watch the procedure.  They were fascinated with the results and the education they received about Mother Nature and maple syrup.  

I’ve decided to complete this post with the pictures I have of the event which my daughter took. ¬†I was under the weather and banned to the house and a very special friend stayed in with me so we could catch up while I filtered the syrup and canned it. ¬†All in all, everyone had a good time and there were lots of smiles throughout the day!

Tap buckets are running over 03162013

Final pan boiling down 03162013

Golden maple syrup 03162013

Eddie and Jared in a maple syrup fog 03162013

Shawn skimming the foam from the sap_syrup03162013

Marion Ross joins the maple syrup festivities 03162013

Preparing to take off a batch 03162013

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