Though of course you can easily buy maple syrup, you might want to try your hand at making one yourself. This way, you could be sure that you’d be able to modify the tastes according to your own preferences, and you could save some money, too. Of course, you could make maple syrup the natural way, by obtaining syrup from a maple tree; however, you will need instruments such as drills, a spout and filter in order to collect the syrup. This may also be quite a heavy job specially if you are not that used to doing this yet. Good thing you could make your own maple syrup using simple ingredients that you could buy from the grocery. So if you have one free morning ahead of you, you could try out this very easy recipe for your own homemade maple syrup.
- Prepare the ingredients. You will need the following: 2 cups sugar (either pure white or combination brown and white); 1 ½ cups corn syrup; ½ teaspoon maple flavoring (artificial is fine); and 1 cup water. The corn syrup is used to make the maple syrup thicker and denser, but you could forego this ingredient if you want.
- Heat the ingredients. Get a deep saucepot. Pour in the following ingredients: the water, sugar and corn syrup. Stir the ingredients and mix them thoroughly. Put the saucepot in medium heat, and let it boil. Once the mixture starts to boil, let it stand for about 2 minutes, then turn off the heat. Check to see if all the sugar has completely dissolved: if it hasn’t, you will need to stir it in more thoroughly.
- Combine the other ingredients. Now, add the maple flavoring to the mixture. You could actually increase the ½ teaspoon to one tablespoon (or more) if you have a sweet tooth). If you want, you could also add in vanilla flavoring (about 1 teaspoon is usually good) or butter flavoring. You might want to experiment with the combination of these optional ingredients until you manage to come up with the specific taste that you want. Make sure that you thoroughly stir in the ingredients until the mixture is well-blended. Turn on the heat and bring the mixture to a boil once more. Let it boil for about 3 minutes.
- Let the syrup cool. Remove the saucepot from the heat and let the mixture cool for awhile. This should take about 30 minutes. Once it’s cool, you could now use it for your waffles, pancakes or French toast.
- Know how to store your remaining maple syrup. You can make a large batch; just make sure that you store it properly inside a clean, airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator. You may want to reheat it every time you want to use it again.
There you have it! These are the super easy steps for making your own
Maple syrup. If you compute the cost of the ingredients you will use,
you will find that you will enjoy substantial savings in your grocery.
Plus, you and your family will surely love maple syrup that you yourself
prepared. Good luck, and hope this helped!