Maple Syrup!!

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Have you seen the prices for maple syrup lately???  I don’t buy this grocery item too often, maybe four times a year, but noticed we were running low, so I priced it while at my favorite grocer.  It normally ran somewhere between $5-6 for 12 ounces of organic grade B real maple syrup, but this week it skyrocketed to $9.99 for the exact same thing!

Needless to say, I did not buy it, and went to check my other favorite natural grocer’s price.  Even more, at $14.99 for the same!  What happened?!  No one seems to know or care.  Sometimes I feel like I’m one of those crazy ladies in the store, that won’t stop harassing the help; that I care so much about little things like this.  But really, I think it is important.  Was there a natural disaster that took out a bunch of maple-producing trees?  Are the families who were producing the syrup not able to keep their businesses afloat?  Or has factory farming stepped in, messing with a well run system, and thus, increasing the price?  Maybe I am spending way too much time and thought on this….

Anyway, I will not be purchasing maple syrup any time soon, as I refuse to purchase maple flavored corn syrup, which is what most of the conventional syrups are.  And I refuse to buy non-organic syrup, as most of them use formaldehyde in the processing. So, I was ramping up, getting ready to become pancake-less for awhile, when I came across a post on Jennifer McCann’s food blog for homemade maple syrup.  It is not the real stuff, but a good substitute while we are waiting for the prices to go back down.

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Homemade “maple syrup”

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2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon natural maple flavor (like this one)

Put the brown sugar into a medium saucepan. Put the cornstarch into a small bowl or cup and drizzle with about 2 tablespoons of the water. Stir or whisk with a fork until the cornstarch is dissolved, then add it to the saucepan along with the rest of the water.

Stir or whisk constantly over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil one minute, still stirring.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the syrup cool completely. When it is cool, stir in the maple flavor.

Store in the refrigerator.

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2 Comments on “Maple Syrup!!”

  1. jentzen
    March 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm #

    mmmmm.
    I can not wait to try out the Homemade “maple syrup”
    I wonder how it will compare?
    /:)

  2. sauerswald
    March 4, 2009 at 6:31 am #

    I know — I stopped buying it a few years ago when the prices shot up by a large percentage. Crazy! Is the Maple tree under siege? I mean, I get how slow a process it is, taking the sap from the trees and processing it and all, but come on!

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