After tapping the maple trees, the real work begins. We are collecting sap this week with plans to cook down this weekend.
We run the collected sap through a filter to collect any debris or insects that were attracted to the sweetness.
Here's a look at the sap:
It looks like water and it mostly is at this stage though we've noticed the liquid is a bit sticky.
We started with these little food grade buckets because we had them left over from other projects, but we purchased two 5 gallon BPA-free water jugs to offer us our more storage capacity. After we collect today we will have about 15 gallons to boil down! More soon.