Kids love the little basket, but they aren’t to put anything in it while the evaporator is going. Yes we learned it the hard way.
Another lesson learned the hard way: preheating the mason jars to reduce the thermal shock on the glass when the hot syrup goes in.
We use a hydrometer for higher accuracy, and we’ve learned to draw a little ahead of time as the syrup keeps evaporating during filtering.
When all is said and done, about 2 gallons for the day with a lot more sill in the pan