What is maple syrup?
Pure maple syrup is simply the sap that leaks out of maple trees.
Maple syrup vs. generic pancake syrup
This is a joke, right?
First of all, generic pancake syrup is not real food. The first ingredient in it is usually ‘high fructose corn syrup’. Do you know where high fructose corn syrup grows? Neither do I. Then there’s that delicious ‘natural flavor’. If it’s “natural” then shouldn’t it be naturally occurring in the syrup? Why are they adding it?
How is maple syrup made?
The sap is collected from the maple tree, it’s boiled and filtered and put into bottles. Look at that! No natural flavors need to be added to it!
Why is maple syrup healthy for me?
Maple syrup contains antioxidants and phytochemicals, which help to reduce damage to cells and may have anticancer properties. As a simple rule, the darker the maple syrup, the more beneficial the antioxidants.
How do I use maple syrup?
You can use it in baking cakes, cookies, pastries, pies and ice creams, or you can add it to your oatmeal and smoothies. Maple syrup is generally more heat stable than honey, so I’ll typically use it in recipes where I need to heat or bake something.
What kind of maple syrup should I buy?
For the best deal on maple syrup, I always buy Kirkland Signature 100 Percent Maple Syrup, Dark Amber, 33.8 Fluid Ounce. Just make sure you’re buying a brand with the only ingredient being ‘100% pure maple syrup’. It should not say ‘high-fructose corn syrup’, ‘corn syrup’, ‘caramel color’, or any other ingredient.