Happy Maine Maple Sugar Sunday!
I stopped over to my friend JP's house last night to watch a little 'Madness' and check out his new evaporator, made by his father-in-law, for his maple sugar operation. I learned a few things about 'sugaring' in the process. First of all, you don't need towering, wide-body maples to get yourself a lot of sap, and this device (pictured here) is the mainstay of the whole procedure. The evaporator holds a strong fire below and gallons of sap juice above in a tray. A constant, steady fire and a watchful eye on keeping a full tray of sap boiling is what you need to get yourself this bottled sweetness. It's not a huge, elaborate process, like many of the sugar houses opening their doors to the public today, but it gets the job done. By the looks of the standing bottles of maple syrup he's processed already, JP will be tasting fruits of this labor for some time to come. Pass the pancakes, please!