Since we were going to be boiling the sap I wanted to make sure we had a pot big enough to hold the initial liquid..you can see that there is a slight tint to the sap so it is not totally like normal water.
Put the pot on the stove or heating source..let it boil..and boil..and boil. After it has boiled for a while let it boil some more.
The sap will gradually reduce and as it does it gets sweeter..and the color begins to get darker. When it got down low enough I switched to a smaller pot.
As the liquid gets lower its viscosity also increases…I think that means that it gets thicker in cosistancy..like syrup.
As it gets to the final levels you need to pay more attention..with lower levels of liquid it gets hot faster. If it boils down too much you actually get maple sugar or a burnt mess in your pan.
You can see how dark it is now..like maple syrup. Super sweet!
GOLDEN! The finished product. Yummy! We started with 4-6 litres and got 1 cup from it..The whole process is not hard at all..I proabably spent 1 hour in total tapping, collecting and transferring to pots then it was a waiting game and occasionally checking the process ( I monitor sap levels in the collection areas with my binoculars ). If you ever run out of maple syrup and know that in a week you will need more then I suggest this..or you could just buy some..that might be easier. Maple sap will begin to ebb now so this might be the only batch I get..I should really go into business..I could sell this syrup for $4! hehe..no.