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Old 08-04-2019, 01:06 PM   #1
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Real Maple Syrup

There was a recipe posted using real maple syrup. Maple syrup comes from the sap of sugar maple trees. To describe it as real maple syrup is wrong. There is only one kind of maple syrup. It is the evaporated sap from the Sugar Maple tree. Everything else is 'maple syrup wannabe.' Having tapped trees since I was in grade school, I find it somewhat ironic that a person who likes to cook doesn't know the difference between maple syrup and the fake stuff. To describe it as "real" shows that the person doesn't get that when you cook with maple syrup, it was harvested from the sap of maple trees. That's like saying real cob-on-the-corn or real peas.
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Old 08-04-2019, 01:14 PM   #2
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So if it says "Maple Syrup" on the label, that's all you need to know!


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There is lots of imitation maple syrup available. I don't buy it, but I have been told that in some recipes it is an acceptable substitute for the real stuff. I don't think there is anything wrong with specifying "real maple syrup". I don't think that shows ignorance on the part of the person writing / saying it. I'm sure there are some people, especially from areas that don't produce maple syrup, that don't understand the difference.
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I get what you are saying, except for the "cob on the corn."

I am guessing the recipe is trying to distinguish between syrup made from maple sap from the most common commercial syrup made from corn and artificial flavorings.

I use the term "real maple syrup" all the time, because most people use the artificially maple flavored corn syrup on their pancakes.

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Old 08-04-2019, 03:58 PM   #5
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Maple syrup means maple syrup and I gotta grab a jar off the shelf or out of the fridge. Way, way, way back when, I remember my Mom making fake maple syrup out of brown sugar and water, but that was when I was around 6 yrs. old. Maple syrup means maple syrup.No need to include 'real'. That is redundant. Yeah, you can evap silver maple sap, and it is maple syrup, but not as sweet as maple syrup from sugar maples and you need a lot more sap to get to the syrup stage. I do like birch syrup for certain things. That's a whole 'nother thread.
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I agree with casey and taxy... some people don't really read labels at all and even with new laws describing how you can label products doesn't mean there aren't unnoticed artificial labels out there.

A lot of people base purchases on price.

I think it just helps a new cook in that there might be a difference in taste depending on what you use. Like mentioning in a recipe it is better to use "real" butter and not margarine. Or if you must use margarine use the 'hard' not 'soft'. I've also seen several recipes that will state go ahead use either, your preference!
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Old 08-04-2019, 04:09 PM   #7
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I guess I didn't express it well. My maple syrup comes in a mason jar that I have processed. I don't need to be told in a recipe to use "real" maple syrup. There is only one kind of maple syrup--that which flows as sap from a maple tree.
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You can stop beating us all over the head with your truth about real maple syrup. We all understand your position.
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Yeah, it's like fake wasabi vs wasabi. Fake wasabi are sold and labeled as wasabi.
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Recipes don't indicate real vanilla extract. I guess that's my issue. Why specify real maple syrup???????
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