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    What type of container should I freeze "almost syrup" in? I'm afraid to use glass, because I don't want it to crack in the freezer.

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    How about a gallon ziplock?
    2019 New Smoky Lake 2x6 raised flue, Simplicity Autodraw system, The Maple Guys Maple Jet Filter Press, a beautiful new bride to be my sugaring partner :-)
    2018 Deployed to the Middle East, no surgaring for me :-(
    2017 Expanded Sugar Shack, new 2x6 with float box, NEXTgen Maple RO, 250+ taps (I hope for 300), still on sap sacks
    2016 New Sugar Shack, 2x6 evaporator, 160 taps, all on Sap Sacks
    2015 Deployed to the Middle East
    2014 110 tap all tubed buckets.
    2013 35 taps, all buckets

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    Genius! Thanks!

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    If you freeze it as you collect it, once it is partly frozen, drain off the liquid .BUT KEEP THE LIQUID. Toss the ice. Poor mans RO. You just concentrated your sap and have not even boiled it yet.Do this with each collection and wait until you have enough of the concentrate to boil off. Most of all have fun.
    backyard hobbyist
    2014 - roasting pan on 55 gallon barrel -1 gallon syrup 6 taps on buckets
    2015 - added blower to door -3 gallon syrup 10 taps on buckets
    2016 - 3 gallon syrup and 2 lbs. sugar 16 taps on buckets
    2017 - new Mason 2x3 w/AUF shooting for 20 to 30ish taps and more sugar
    2018 - did not boil
    2019 - Added RO, sudo 8x8 sugar shack, shooting for 50 taps +/-
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    I am small time, too, and batch boil. For me, the effort involved to boil down 1-2 gals at a time, using an evaporator, doesn't make it feasible. My first year, I boiled everything at once... we had a lot of snow that year, so I stored in food grade 5 gal buckets in a snow bank. I did keep an eye on those containers, to ensure safe temps. Subsequent years, I've still batch boiled, but typically with 20 gals at a time -- less time involved on the day of boil, but not extra days of concern waiting for my fire to die down outside.

    In some of my years, I have needed to freeze inside, and I have chosen to use food safe rubbermade storage containers. The shallower version I have holds 1.5 gal, the deeper 2.5. They fit well in my freezer, are easy to deal handle. I got mine as a 3 piece set at Costco, and I know there are places to get them cheaper than this link. I just included it to show what I meant. I have a friend who freezer in milk jugs.
    (https://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-7J...%2C153&sr=8-19)

    One word of "warning" if you freeze, take into account defrost time (just like a turkey!) so that when you are ready to boil, you are not putting frozen blocks into your evaporator, but also, if you have them in a container, to be sure you can get the sap out.
    ~Janet

    2017 - same barrel and windscreen. Added bouncy house blower AUF. 15 taps
    2016 - 55 gal barrel evaporator - new windscreen. 9 trees, 12 taps.
    2015 - 55 gal barrel evaporator. 7 trees, 9 taps. 2.5 quarts finished
    2014 - 55 gal barrel evaporator. 3 trees. 3 taps. 1 great helper. Lessons learned... Wind blown tarps melt on a hot stack. Stack without guy-wires can tip over (when hot, makes for some excitement.)

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