Here on our little hillside, in WV, we try to live a simple life. One where we can try to make the best decisions in regards to what we feed our family, and where we source our foods. We try to make green decision that are not only good for our family but for our community and planet as well. There is no place I would rather raise a family, than these WV hills! So I guess it is our responsibility to preserve them, and our heritage.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Maple Syrup Experiment

We have been wanting to make our own maple syrup for years.  This year, we finally started the process.  We tapped a few trees and collected the syrup daily for a few weeks.  We boiled down what we had and perfected our process of cooking it off, straining it and storing it.  Next year we are going to work on making a sugar shack and running the lines to it.  We plan on running off much larger batches and possibly having some for commercial sales if all plans are successful.  

We tried many different methods for collection.  Metal and plastic jugs, from 1 gallon to 5 gallon.

 We boiled and boiled.  Boiled and Boiled.  Then we boiled some more.  We were checking out the evaporation rate and mapping out plans to stream line the process and make it more efficient.  Your Clear sap starts to turn darker as it boils down and the sugar content increases.

Our first batch after the first filtering.  

Of course we had to try out the final product with our homemade pancakes and local raised and processed whole hog sausage.  

The Final product was slightly over a half gallon of delicious Local Maple Syrup.  We have shared a few samples with family and friends, but we are hoarding a quart back for our Counties local fair, The Buckwheat Festival!  Come September the Buckwheat cake, Sausage and Maple syrup eating shall commence.