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Old 02-19-2012, 03:06 PM   #1
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A friend gave us a quart of Maple syrup which he tapped on his property, last year I think. He acknowledged the syrup is a bit watery. My question: Can I cook it down further?
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:29 PM   #2
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I'm no authority but I think you can.
My mothers side of the family has a maple sugar operation in Quebec my grandmother used to cook down maple syrup until it was the consistency of pudding pour it into a pie crust and refrigerate it. It is so sweet it hurts your teeth just looking at it. She would also cook it down and make maple sugar candy SO GOOD!
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Thanks, recurve! As a kid, I loved those maple sugar candies too!
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My father made syrup his entire life....Almost that time again but there'll be no more. Rest his soul.

Cook away.... Check it every now and then if you intend on using it for syrup as it thickens even MORE so upon cooling.
If you're striving for the candy stage watch it REAL close as it scorches easily if it's brought down too fast!

If it is TOOOOO watery it will also have a tendency to SPOIL so cooking it down a bit more is a good thing...It helps preserve it.
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It's in a mason jar and appears to be canned. Once I open the lid, I'll have to cook it down then refrigerate it, right?
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Correct...It should be good until it's popped open. Slowly simmer it until you feel it is thick enough, cool and store in fridge.
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Will it thicken more as it cools?
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I *love* real maple syrup. My dad always went for the real thing, so I guess it is his influence. That is all we buy...and if we can't afford it, we go without. On the rare occasions I order pancakes out, I always figure out why I go for the real thing.

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Will it thicken more as it cools?
Yes. I've even noticed that it is thinner the first time I open it and use it (at room temperature) than when I take it out of the fridge the next time I use it.
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Last Spring I ran into someones maple syrup collecting.
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How would you like to purchase syrup from this operator?
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Look at all the INSECTS that have drowned in the sap !!!!
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The old fashion way of collecting with buckets
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Don't have the insects in them like the bags in the post above do.
Perhaps it's because they can crawl underneath, between and inside but can't find their way back out.
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