Sugar Shack 2010

Every spring, summer and fall Aline laments the amount of shade we have in our backyard and how poorly it affects the garden harvest. Well this year we’ve decided to embrace the trees and suck some of their life force out of them …. we are making maple syrup. Aline’s folks had some unused buckets and spigots to pass along so we’ve tapped 10 trees in our first attempt.

Production costs and savings
Item Cost
10 buckets, lids and spigots Free hand-me-downs from Aline’s folks
Salton double burner $22 sale price at Canadian Tire
Coffee filters Already on hand
Pots and containers Already on hand
Two 12 quart stockpots $38.13

Total costs to date: $60.13
Total savings to date: 3 litres worth of syrup = $30

Date Notes
Monday March 1, 2010 No production on first warm day. Just one teaspoon of syrup.
Tuesday March 2, 2010 First taste test of about 300 ml syrup!
Saturday March 6, 2010 Sunny. Family brunch with to celebrate homemade syrup!
Monday March 8, 2010 Oh oh, Wasn’t cold enough last night. Sap production suffered!
Thursday March 11, 2010 Picking up new 12 quart stockpots today . . .

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