We’ve been collecting sap from our trees for a week now and have quite a bit. Sap is largely water, so it take an enormous amount of sap to make a small amount on syrup. Forty gallons of sap will boil down to make about one gallon of syrup. That’s a lot of water to boil off!
Needless to say, boiling sap creates a ton of steam. For this reason, we boil the sap outside. I started boiling on a little propane burner, but it’s proving to be a very slow process. Not to mention, we are tearing through the propane. Yikes! $$
Andrew decided to boil it over the open fire and that has been productive (and fun!). He built a big fire in our fire pit and the sap has been boiling away quite quickly.
My white canning pot has been charred black! I think it will clean, but if you’re fussy about things such as this, use a black pot!
Once some of the sap had boiled down a bit, we used it to make our french press coffee. The decadence! It was quite delish, with a slight hit of sweetness. If you are normally a froo-froo starbucks “coffee” drinker, this might not seem delightful, but to a cream-only-coffee drinker, it was a treat! (Full disclosure, I love me an occasional starbucks coffee-with-my-sugar!)