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How to Heat Syrup

Simple Tip: Heat Syrup in Hot Water

During our girls Winter weekend, my sister made the most delicious corn cakes with spicy sausage for breakfast. Since we were feeding a crowd, it was necessary to heat the entire bottle of maple syrup.

While you can easily heat syrup in the microwave, the best way to heat syrup or ice cream toppings is in a pot of hot water. The temperature gradually increases and no burnt or caramelized crystals form.

Start by filling a large saucepan with water. Loosen the cap on the syrup and gently place the bottle in the water. Heat over medium-high heat, bring the water to a simmer, and warm the syrup. Keep an eye on it to ensure that it doesn't burn.

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chancleta chancleta 7 years
great tip! I adore a good thrifty food tip!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Thanks for the tip!
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
I do this too! And also, if I'm feeling lazy and need melted chocolate for something (adding to whipped fresh cream or drizzling on stuff) I take a Hershey bar (still unopened) and put it in a cup of very warm/hot water for a few minutes. It melts and then I just snip a corner off the wrapper and use as needed. Great short-cut for me! As for warming up syrup, I actually like to pour it into a small pan and heat on very very low because then I get to toss in things like dried lemon peels or vanilla bean pods to flavor the syrup. By the way, those corn fritters sound yummy, any chance you'll post a recipe?
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