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Post by T&S&J » Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:39 pm

hey all we have taken advantage of the early thaw and have had our first 10 gal boil. It's our first go at it and it went well. I managed to get 5 more gal out of the bush be ogre the refreeze. How long will sap last if refrigerated? We won't be boiling again until the next thaw.
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Post by WLLady » Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:14 pm

If it has ice in it its all good...if it froze it wont hurt it. Once thawed again it will keep a few days below 4c. I just let it freeze....never had an issue. If its thawed just taste a bit before you start adding it to boil...if it is still sweet its good to go. If it has any off flavours or an aftertaste chuck it.
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Post by poultry_admin » Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:26 pm

We also learned that the ice layer has much less sugar in it than the sap. I was always really happy to see a 1in ice cover on top of the bucket. Meant that the boil was a bit shorter.... (please note I am saying "less", not "no" sugar)
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Post by T&S&J » Sun Feb 14, 2016 7:15 pm

Thanks both for the replies!, I have made a habit of dipping a finger before boiling to check flavour, but just don't do it after chewing a minty piece of gum or something!
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Post by WLLady » Sun Feb 14, 2016 8:18 pm

the ice makes a really nice "lightly sugared" snack...LOL. it does actually concentrate the sap a bit...
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Post by Pollo Caballo » Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:24 pm

I did my first home sugaring last March and because I had waited until the last minute to try this ( new farm and soooo many projects to get done when we moved in) I only tapped four sugar maple trees ( mostly cause I was only able to positively identify 4 sugar maple trees, in the dead of winter, that were easy to get to in the snow (On our lane way). The small number of trees meant I had to Store sap awhile before I had enough to do a boil. I keep the sap in 5 gallon buckets in our cold room and several 10 litre water containers in the fridge until boil. I ended up with a little over 2 liters of delicious finished syrup and no off flavors at all. I did two batches with the first batch mostly boiled outside on a partially open fire pit( but finished in the house). That batch had a subtle but yummy smokey taste. The second batch took about 5.5 hours of total boiling time on the stove in house only. Both times I stored sap for a week before I boiled. I plan to do more this year but I did identify 2 more sugar maples (ahead of time) to add to my route this year. Figure 6 trees will be enough work for me!
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Post by shaded » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:51 pm

the way to store sap if you're waiting for enough to boil is to "bank up" some snow around a food-grade barrel in the shade and store it in there. Then you've got more time to catch up. Last year I filled 2 garbage cans with snow and snuggled them up to the barrel of sap inside the barn as I collected, awaiting hubby to return from an away trip. Worked great.
We're on batch 5 now of syrup at nearup stage. We can only produce 8-9 L finished syrup at a time (pan size limitation because we are still small time)
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