Granulated maple sugar is made by removing all moisture from maple sap / maple syrup, leaving behind wonderful sugar crystals with maple flavor that can be used in an impressive number of ways, from substituting for standard sugar in a recipe to unique applications such as sprinkling onto blueberries and other fruits. And guess what, it’s easy enough to make in your kitchen today.
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OK, so here’s how you can make granulated maple sugar at home:
- Make sure you’re prepared: Use heatproof gloves and other protection, as you will be boiling at high temperatures and steam will be released.
- Carefully heat maple syrup (or maple sap) in a pan over medium or low heat until it is boiling at 45-50°F above the boiling point of water, so at sea level that would be 257-262°F (125-127°C). Make sure to watch the boil closely to avoid boiling over!
- Allow the syrup to cool to ~200°F (93°C)
- Now stir the sugar using a stand mixer on low speed (you can also use a hand mixer or mix with a spoon, just requires more work).
- While mixing, steam will be released, be ready with protective clothing and gloves!
- When the steam stops, you have sugar! Let it cool, then sift with a strainer to get rid of clumps.
- Maple sugar is shelf stable, so you can throw it in a bag or jar or whatever you want without worrying about it going bad!
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P.S. Making Granulated Maple Sugar is beneficial to sugarmakers!
Making maple syrup into maple sugar is a great way to salvage any syrup with off flavors or aromas! If you have some late season buddy syrup that smells weird, or maybe you made syrup over a fire and that smokey aroma is lingering, go ahead and make it into sugar! The bad smells dissipate with the moisture, and you’ll have yourself some valuable product!