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Refrigerate Maple Syrup

A Common Condiment You Should (but Probably Don't) Refrigerate

Imagine this scenario: you have just sat down to a beautiful plate of french toast and begin to pour sticky maple syrup over the stack, when out plops a funky black lump from the bottle. This picture-perfect moment is ruined, and you can't help but leap back from the table from shock and disgust. What the heck could be growing in the bottle?

This not-so-pleasant predicament actually happened to me, so I'm sharing my learnings with you. Maple syrup, as it turns out, should always be refrigerated upon opening, otherwise you could wind up with the situation I just described, with mold growing inside the bottle. Personally, I have never refrigerated any sugary syrups (agave, honey, brown rice syrup), so I can't believe I've lived this long not refrigerating maple syrup. While some claim you can scrape off the mold and boil the syrup to kill the remaining strands of bacteria, I prefer to live by the mantra "When in doubt, toss it out."

Can you relate to this experience? Did you know to refrigerate maple syrup?

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Brian15501905 Brian15501905 3 years
For fake maple syrup like Aunt Gemini, you really don't need to. For the real stuff, you absolutely do and it says so on the bottles. When in doubt the bottle will tell you what you need to do and when it expires. Common sense people...
amber512 amber512 3 years
I have always refrigerated maple syrup and the others except, now that you mention it, I realize that I've never refrigerated honey... Don't really know why. Just raised that way?
Antigravity1231 Antigravity1231 4 years
Real maple syrup states on the bottle that it should be refrigerated. Just as an alternate example, Nutella states it should not be refrigerated. Try reading and paying attention and you might be able to forget that awful wasteful mantra of yours.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 4 years
Oh I will now, thanks! Much too expensive to throw out. Upon seeing the picture, I thought it was going to be honey, which I wouldn't refrigerate, because of its consistency when cold.
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