Originally Posted by CWS4322
Interesting. I'll have to give that a try with the rest of the sap I have sitting here. I don't think my house can take more vapor today!
When I was a kid my Grandmother helped us make syrup for a few years.
We only tapped about a dozen giant sugar maples in the yard.
The first year we boiled the sap indoors and the wallpaper started peeling off of the kitchen walls. The room became sort of sticky from all of the vapor.
In future years we boiled the sap outdoors over a wood fire until my Grandmother pronounced it ready to finish indoors on the kitchen stove. Once it was thick enough we sealed it in sterilized canning jars.
We were always told that the price of a gallon of syrup was equal to a days pay for an unskilled worker. Today in my area it sells for $50.00 per gallon at the farmers market. Still pretty close to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.