Crystal Free Homemade Maple Syrup – Perfected

Crystal Free Homemade Maple SyrupHave you ever made pancakes, and then realized you don’t have any syrup? Maybe you’ve made homemade syrup and are feeling pretty crafty, yet a few days later, your syrup is just a rock hard set of crystals? This can be super frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. Making this crystal free homemade maple syrup is quick, super easy, cheap, and it tastes great! Once you have this perfected syrup on hand you may not even want to buy syrup anymore. I know I don’t.

How do you get rid of those crystals?

Want to get fancy, tell someone you eliminated the crystals in your favorite recipe via the process of inversion. Or you could just say “I added lemon juice”. Personally, I prefer the fancy answer. If you’re interested in the science of it, here you go. Invert sugar is basically sugar (sucrose) that has been broken down into its base components (glucose and fructose). Invert sugar has smaller crystals. That means it gives baked goods a “smoother” texture, dissolves faster, and increases shelf life thanks to increased water retention.

There are several fancy ways to make your sugar “inverted” including buying it that way. One simple method is, indeed, adding lemon juice when cooking your syrup. You’re basically looking for the citric acid, but lemon juice is a lot more likely to be on hand, though you can buy the acid separately. I tried several different methods, including cream of tartar The lemon juice works best and lasts the longest.

So jump right in with this recipe, make your own syrup, and know, that if your kids don’t smear it all over their clothes, whatever’s left will still be usable next time!

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Crystal Free Homemade Maple Syrup - Perfected
After you make this Crystal Free Homemade Maple Syrup you may not even want to buy syrup anymore. I know I don't.
Crystal Free Homemade Maple Syrup
Course Breakfast
Cuisine "American"
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine "American"
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Crystal Free Homemade Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, mix sugar, brown sugar, and water. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
    The Ingredients for Crystal Free Homemade Maple Syrup
  2. Remove from heat; add maple flavoring and lemon juice.
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