Liquid Gold – Light Amber

Light Amber, the early season Maple syrup, is lighter in color but superior in flavor IMO. Medium and DarkĀ  Amber come as the weather warms and the daylight hours grow. This week we had an opportunity to squeeze in a batch between rainstorms and now a hard freeze. Perfect timing.

100+ gallons of sap was collected in just 18 hours of dripping. Tuesday, the 29th, I did the primary boil and got it down to about five gallons. Tuesday evening I sat in the garage watching the final cook down while eating a fabulous egg sandwich (thanks Linda!) and sipping wine. I did give up the ghost and put the remaining three gallons on the wood stove and by Wednesday night (it was warm so the stove wasn’t on much) it was ready to can. Ten quarts in all! 2 1/2 gallons is a great start to the season!

Light Amber - the first of the season

Light Amber – the first of the season

Light Amber - the first of the season

Light Amber – the first of the season

Light Amber - the first of the season

Light Amber – the first of the season

Light Amber - the first of the season

Light Amber – the first of the season

Light Amber ( left ) the early season syrup is lighter in color, but superior in flavor. Dark Amber on the right from late 2012 season.

Light Amber ( left ) the early season syrup is lighter in color, but superior in flavor. Dark Amber on the right from late 2012 season.


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