How To Save Money on Real Maple Syrup

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REAL maple syrup isn’t cheap. To the tune of $41 a gallon not cheap.

We are fortunate enough that we are able to buy it directly from a maple supplier as well, but it’s still a strain on the budget to waste. But, I would rather spend a bit more money on the real stuff, and then ration it out than to spend $3 on a bottle of high-fructose corn syrup with some odd additives to put on pancakes.

Here’s a couple of ways we make our real maple syrup stretch a bit further. One, we melt equal amounts of butter and add it to the syrup when putting it on pancakes. Two birds with one stone, as I no longer have to butter my youngest’s pancakes for him. This also makes it nearly double the volume and we wind up using less when there is butter added. I would also like to try this with coconut oil to get a different flavor profile in the syrup.

The only thing is that real maple syrup should be refrigerated, and the added butter or oil makes it rock hard. When that happens, I just stick it in a pot of warm water while the pancakes or waffles are cooking. This also makes it pleasantly warm when eating.

Another way to save money on maple syrup is to portion it out for each child. Each one gets 1/4 cup of the butter/syrup mixture in their own little cup to pour what they would like on their pancakes. They can pour as much or as little as they want. This has helped us reduce portions, as well as waste.

For some reason, when the huge bottle is out, they pour a ton of syrup everywhere but don’t want it all. With just a little bit at a time, they are much more careful with it. I have found that hubby and I don’t use nearly as much, either, and are just as satisfied.

Easy to do, and much easier for the kids to use with less waste makes for a win-win-win!

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2 thoughts on “How To Save Money on Real Maple Syrup”

  1. I do like my grate grand mother told me to do. I saved a Italian lemonade Swing Stopper Bottle cleaned it. I bought one bottle of Good dark 100% maple syrup 8oz. and one bottle of large Dark Karo syrup when on sale . you heat 1/2 the bottle of maple with all of the Karo then re bottle while hot . You can also use white Karo. I have used both types to make it she said the did the same with good dark wild honey and white karo to make to make stretch and that the kids never knew it was then out maple or honey.

    1. that sounds like a good idea, but for us, we work hard on staying away from corn syrup as it normally contains GMOs. But, do the best with that you’ve got, I always say!

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