Since organic maple syrup can be expensive, I tried to find a decent homemade alternative, and hit on this gem.
The DIY maple syrup search
While searching, I found countless recipes for maple syrup. Some were hyper complicated or took a lot of time. Some ended up being more expensive than just buying a bottle. Some didn’t get great reviews from other people taste-wise. It took a while, but I eventually settled on a favorite thrifty organic maple syrup recipe.
I got this recipe from an older edition of a book called Miserly Moms. I wasn’t a fan of all the tips in the book, but it did feature some helpful information, along with a pretty darn good maple syrup recipe.
This is not an eco-book, so recipes in the book use conventional ingredients. However, this recipe, like most, is easy to adapt to organic. This syrup recipe is also extremely easy, tastes good, and one bottle lasts a long time, making it a cost effective choice too. It’s not quite as thick as store-bought fake maple syrup, but it’s got a comparable texture to store bought organic maple syrup.
- 2 cups of Fair Trade white organic sugar
- 1 cup water (we use tap)
- 1 teaspoon pure organic maple extract
- 1/2 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract
Bring the 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil, stirring continually. The mixture will start to thicken, but again, it will not be as thick as store bought conventional syrup. Allow the mixture to cool. Add 1 teaspoon maple extract and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix. Store syrup in the fridge.
- I use pure organic maple extract, which cost more, but taste 100% better than fake maple flavoring. Also a tiny bit goes a long way, so don’t let the price get you down. In the end, this recipe will save you a ton of money over store-bought organic maple syrup. A bottle of store bought maple syrup can cost as much as $7-$15 or more (for a tiny jar). If you invest in two little bottles of pure maple and vanilla extracts though, you’ll have enough ingredients to make dozens of bottles of your own homemade syrup. Plus, you can use the extract for other homemade treats.
- I store my syrup in a little mason jar.
- When you use your syrup, pour a little into another glass jar and heat it in the microwave. Before I had a microwave, I’d simply set the glass jar in a pot of hot water for a bit.
Do you have a favorite homemade organic syrup recipe?
Other organic recipes you may enjoy
- Homemade vegan organic pop tarts with sugar glaze
- Easy homemade organic honey oat bread
- Homemade organic soft pretzels
- Organic vegan pot pie that even meat-eaters will love
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