Maple syrup is a natural sweetener extract from maple trees in the early spring months when the temperatures are warm during daylight and cool during the night. When the syrup is first collected from the maple trees, it has a clear color to it and a pure sugar flavor. As soon as the syrup is boiled down into thicker sweeter syrup, it gains this deep golden brownish color and rich maple flavor. The syrup is then poured into storage bottles and sold. People all over the world buy this syrup to pour over delicious foods. Many people buy maple syrup in bulk at an affordable rate during maple season because doing so is cost effective, but what do those people do to help keep their maple syrup fresh? Well, the guide below will help answer that question.

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Storing Maple Syrup Properly

Maple syrup is poured into containers and seal shut right after the filling process to retain freshness. If you have stocked up on maple syrup and the container has never been open, all you need to do is place the syrup in a cool dry dark spot and store it away until you are ready to use it up. Maple syrup can stay fresh and tasty stored this way for up to a decade or longer because it is just pure sugar.

If you have opened your container of maple syrup and do not plan to use it up anytime soon, it can be stored safely away in the refrigerator until you are ready too. Although, if you don’t plan on using the syrup up within the first year of opening you can place it into freezer containers and freeze it in the freezer until you are ready to use it.

However, it is important to know that freezing maple syrup for longer than a year can change the flavor and consistency of it making it a bit more watery. The good news is, if you find your maple syrup is watery after defrosting it in the refrigerator for a few days, you can pour it into a saucepan and boil it back down into a thicker syrup. Just be careful not to over boil it and cause it to have a burnt flavor, which will cause it to become not as useful for flavoring and sweetening up dishes and beverages.

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End Notes for Storing Maple Syrup Away

When storing maple syrup, sealed up in a cool dry spot, in the refrigerator or in the freeze, it will stay fresh for years and years. If your maple syrup crystallizes it is important to know it has not gone bad. All you need to do is boil it back down into syrup. Since maple syrup is a sugar, it does not go bad making the food one you can keep in your pantry for future years to come. The only thing that may change when storing your maple syrup for longer than ten years before using it is the flavor.