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How to Store Pure Maple Syrup

By Ann Johnson
The maple syrup you use on your pancakes typically is not pure maple syrup.
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The production of maple syrup begins by tapping a maple tree, setting free the tree’s flow of sap. Boiling the clear sap reduces its water content and brings out the rich sweet favor and dark color of the maple syrup. When packaging maple syrup, it should be stored in a glass, plastic or tin container. Glass is the preferred container, as it maintains the syrup’s flavor indefinitely. Syrup will store in tin for about a year, yet the container can rust. Syrup stored in plastic has a shorter shelf life -- between three to six months.

Store any opened pure maple sugar in the refrigerator. Keep covered.

Keep the maple syrup for up to a year in its original container, if packaged in glass or tin. Keep for up to three months if packaged in plastic.

Discard the maple syrup if it has contains mold, even if it is a small amount on its surface.



  • Freeze the maple syrup if you want to keep for a longer period, yet use immediately after thawing.

About the Author


Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real-estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University, Fullerton.