Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pancake Ingenuity

Sunday Jon and I went to a sugar shack for pancakes in the woods at some dear friends of ours Mark and Mari~Belle, they make maple syrup on their farm. Let me tell you I have a couple weeks of blog fodder to use!! It was heaven on earth for me, but I'll expound on that in the next post(s). The making of the pancakes deserves a post all its own and when you see this I'm sure you will be as impressed as we were. It is a homemade pancake making machine!!!
They mix the batter up in 5 gallon buckets and then pour about 1/2 of it into the hopper. Then it's rolled down to the other end. The hopper is on little train wheels and the griddle has little tracks on each side. The griddle is scrubbed with a rag between fry's that has about 2 cups of salt tied into it and then it soaks in oil between scrubs. The workers told me it keeps the griddle from smoking, it must work, there was none of that smokey griddle smell, just the aroma of the pancakes frying away.
As the hopper is pushed down the track a lever is pushed...or pulled(?) to release batter onto the griddle, 4 pancakes at a time...
...and another 4 pancakes...
...and on and on...
...until the whole griddle is full of 40 pancakes. How impressive is that. Mari~Belle told me that when they first started doing the pancakes in the woods they just did it on household griddles, what an undertaking that had to be!There you have it sweet pancake ingenuity! Josh enjoying his pancakes...
...Blessing enjoying hers...
...there is nothing sweeter than sharing the experience with family!

10 comments:

Bev said...

The genius at work is making me very hungry.

DayPhoto said...

That was really cool! Made me wish I were there!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Tami said...

Very cool. Oh, I can't wait to hear all about the visit to the woods.
Just hearing about maple syrup making takes me back to Grandma & Grandpa B's. What wonderful memories we made there. Do you think they ever guessed they were giving us the best parts of our childhood?

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Now, that's an ingenious contraption! What fun! C

andrea creates said...

Sounds and looks delicious!
Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Cowgirl Goods said...

AWESOME! Where are the blueberries?

Tami said...

Okay, I'm ready for the next installment. Aren't I just full of patience? :) Little sisters. . .still a pain in the back side when you are an adult.

Jody Blue said...

Tami you so entertain me!!! I'm working on it:)

abroadermark said...

I just figured out why I suddenly have a craving for something sweet. It's your pancake and maple syrup pictures! I'm going to have to get out of here before I do (meaning eat) something I'll later regret. ;)

prairierunner said...

Cool gadget...but they're all the same size and nobody can fight over the big one now.