Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Homemade: Maple Syrup

Who wants to spend $5 at the store for maple syrup? Not me, and that is what the local Meijer charges to get a bottle of it. This simple (though you do need to watch out for the small chance of burning down your kitchen, more on this later) recipe will eliminate this charge from your budget entirely.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 3/4 Cup sugar
  • 1/3 Cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp maple flavoring

Directions
  • Mix together water and sugars in a sauce pan.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Cover and boil for 3 minutes.
    • It is important that you watch this, if it looks like it is going to boil over, do not let it! Lower the heat or remove the lid or anything else you can think of. If you let it boil over, the boiled over syrup will gather in the pan under your burner coil (if you have them like I do) and catch on fire. I learned this making the very batch pictured here. I also learned that it takes my fire alarm about the same amount of time to notice a fire as it does for me to put one out.
  • Turn off heat, but leave the mixture on the hot burner.
  • Stir in vanilla and maple flavoring and recover. Continue to leave on burner.
  • Leave it sitting there for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Pour in a mason jar, or other reusable storage device, and place it into your refrigerator to finish cooling.
This recipe was the most exciting I have made in a long time, and it goes good on these pancakes - we made about 50 of these pancakes and froze them in packs of 4 in the freezer. Also if you would like to take a picture of this syrup, don't try to do it in the middle of a heat wave and it has finished cooling it in your fridge. Because if you do, you will end up with a picture of a very sweaty bottle, like I did.

-Fireman (this week only) Jason

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