The Shofar Farms family is busy gathering sap and boiling it down to make maple syrup! The first thing we had to learn was how to identify a maple tree! Our wonderful son bought a drill with his dog walking money, and we were able to use it to drill the holes in the tree. Our awesome daughter used her money for buying some classic metal buckets to collect the sap in. Then we saved the sap in the freezer until we were ready to boil. Last year we boiled on the kitchen stove, but that uses a lot of electricity (which is not cheap!). This year we are boiling on the wood stove, which is already running keeping the house warm. It also adds moisture to the air, which is very dry after running the wood stove all winter. So far we have one jar (and a little extra in a second jar, which we enjoyed for breakfast this morning on pancakes and waffles!) This week should be great weather for collecting sap; which is great because it takes 40 gallons of sap to makes 1 gallon of syrup! There are lots of other ways to use maple syrup besides pancakes.....I'd love to hear some of your ideas! Leave a comment below with your favorite way to enjoy maple syrup.
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