Sunday (09-February-2020) — New Jersey

Wintertime in New Jersey — Maple Syrup Production.

This was the third neighborhood maple syrup boil down this winter, although I was not here for the first two. The weather has not been conducive for maple sap production (cold nights below freezing and warm days above freezing). The following Little Planet Time-lapse Videos were recorded with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera. Approximately 80 gallons (~300 L) was boiled down to 11 quarts (~10.4 L) with a density of 1.14 g/mL. The material needs to be further concentrated to get to a sugar concentration of 66 wt%. We had issues near the end of the day where some of the solution burned so there will be a smokey flavor issue.

Daily Electric Energy Used (75.2 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (43.3 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Sunny most of the day. Actually, the most solar energy produced since 05-October-2019. Still not enough to completely power the indoor hydroponic gardens, keep the house warm, and power the Synology image servers. A deficit of 31.9 kWh.

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Sunday (03-March-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.


Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.

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Starting a Fire to Cook Down Maple Sap Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (David J Mathre)

Time-lapse video to follow when I have time to review and process the images.

Saturday (23-February-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey. Maple Syrup Week 3.

Before going over to help with the maple syrup boil-down, I noticed a cat sitting under my patio bird feeder. While there a squirrel walked right behind it, and when the cat noticed — the squirrel got chased. It is not the same cat that I saw while starting the fire to cook down the maple sap.



Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.

Saturday (16-February-2019) — New Jersey

Wintertime in New Jersey — Maple Syrup Production.

The second maple sap to maple syrup boil down this winter. Time lapse videos to follow when I have time to process the images.


Thursday (26-April-2018) — New Jersey

Home Cooking. Rye, Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, and Maple Syrup Bread.

Rye, Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, and Maple Syrup Bread Recipe: Sprouted Wheat Flour (1 cup); Rye Flour (1 cup); Whole Wheat Flour (1/2 cup); Oatmeal (1/2 cup); Bread Flour (1/2 cup); Flax Seed (1/4 cup);  brown sugar (2 tbs); maple syrup (1/4 cup); dry milk (1/4 cup); salt (1 tsp); egg (1 large); walnut oil (2 tbs); water (1 1/3 cup). Above ingredients added to the Panasonic Bread Bakery. Yeast (2 tsp) added to yeast hopper and the unit set for Whole Wheat Bread (Rapid) and started. Three hours later, the loaf of bread was removed and allowed to cool. This time the bread rose to the top, and was cooked all the way through. Next time want to try a version with more maple syrup and no brown sugar.

Rye, Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, Maple Syrup Bread. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 640, 23 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rye, Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, Maple Syrup Bread. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 640, 23 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)