Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Making Maple Syrup Last

Once you make the decision to steer clear of refined sweeteners and artificial flavors, you can't buy the cheap "maple syrup" anymore. However... real maple syrup is expensive! (Think outside the grocery store box and look for a food co-op or a bulk food store in order to get a better deal.)

But what do you do on a perfect Saturday morning with six stacks of pancakes ready for six hungry mouths?

Bottles of Maple Syrup at the Morse Farm Store in East Montpelier, Vermont, February 6, 2006

Here's what works for us:

I melt butter in a small saucepan and add the same amount of maple syrup. (So, that may be 1/4 cup of butter and 1/4 cup of maple syrup if I need a 1/2 cup of syrup in the end.) As it heats through, I stir it vigorously until it is completely combined and a pretty light brown color.

Not only do I get to skip buttering the pancakes... who wants to butter that many pancakes anyway? The children get more syrup on their pancakes, but only half of it is maple syrup. And the syrup is wonderfully warm, sweet, and buttery. Yum!

I actually got this tip from my dear sister-in-law several years ago. I don't know if she will even remember... but we have done it like this ever since. Thanks, Renee!

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Heather said...

thanks for the idea!!! I can get maple syrup rather cheaply here, but it's still more than the artificial stuff...glad to have something that will help it last longer ;)

Tracey said...

I love this idea! We use real maple syrup too and my complaint is always that it's cold and makes the pancakes cold--not anymore! Thanks for the tip.

Kathryn said...

This is a great idea! I'm the only one in our house who does maple syrup, tho. And hubby doesn't care for pancakes, so they are rare.

But your beautiful little bottles of maple leaves gave me an idea. I don't buy the syrup in such bottles for me but that would be a lovely Christmas gift! :)

If you're interested, i'm doing a give away this week of Miessence.

Meghan said...

Great tip! I don't have kids, but I need to stretch syrup for myself and my husband.

busymomof10 said...

Great idea! This sounds so yummy!!

alexis said...

That's a great idea! I will definitely be trying that. In the past, I've tried substituting with sorghum syrup, but my family just prefers the maple. Thanks for the awesome tip!

Aiming4Simple said...

I can't wait to try this! We love Canadian maple syrup, and I'm happy to find a way to make it last longer, since we can't buy it where we live.

I've also been known to add broth and eggs to stretch a can of soup. =)

Jaz @ Odd Mom said...

Oh, this sounds wonderful. We're having whole wheat cinnamon chip pancakes for dinner tonight, and I am definitely going to use your tip! YUM!

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Wow, thanks so much for sharing this!

I love finding out new things from my fellow bloggers especially when it can save me some money.


Stop by and see me over at Free 2 Be Frugal sometime.