It's easy to forget that hidden inside every maple tree are the beginnings of rich, delicious syrup. This winter, why not make some of your own?
In mid-February, temperature changes within maple trees cause sap to start flowing. Retrieving it requires just a few simple tools, which you'll find in Tap My Trees' starter kit (available with metal buckets or less-expensive plastic).
The basic technique: Drill a hole in the tree, insert the spoutlike spile, and let the liquid drip until the bucket is full. Then, boil down the sap until it reaches a thick consistency. And voila: fresh, delectable maple syrup that will keep for two months in the refrigerator or longer in the freezer. (Download clip art for the bottles here.)