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Old 11-18-11, 09:53 PM   #51
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I remember as a kid (and I read everything) that Maple (flavored) Syrup (notably this stuff http://www.vermontmaid.com/ ) was 15% maple syrup. 7 or 8 years later it was 1%. It's probably just chemical flavoring now.

Here's my alternative if I want something different:
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I'll bet a lot of the $1 bills smell like Molson's.
As I recall, they did. We went to coins a number of years ago though.
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mech, you're making me want to run outside and stick a sap pipe in a maple tree!
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I also prefer the richer flavour of grade B syrup maple syrup which is also less expensive than the lighter grade A varieties and if need to re-supply it is a 5 minute bike ride to the store.

The qualities of maple syrup go far beyond merely sweetening food as it is also high in manganese, zinc, and iron and has beneficial anti- oxidants.

Between this and local honey I have no need for artificial sweeteners and the extra cost is worth it.
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I'll bet a lot of the $1 bills smell like Molson's.
All the dollar bills were taken out of circulation years ago so now they just smell old and moldy.
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Old 11-18-11, 11:08 PM   #56
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For those of you who have access to either birch, aspen , alder, any other maple or other similar trees you can make syrup from there sap. It takes a larger amount of feed stock to make syrup but do-able.

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Old 11-19-11, 08:38 AM   #57
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For those of you who have access to either birch, aspen , alder, any other maple or other similar trees you can make syrup from there sap. It takes a larer amount of feed stock to make syrup but do-able.
Never had Aspen or Alder but I have had Birch and it is really nice as well.
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Umm, what price are you considering to be really expensive. I'm going to have to go and look at prices now. I don't recall it being that much.

Huh, you can look through the sale items at my local grocery store online. Didn't have maple syrup though.
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I have a new bottle of Grade A from Quebec right now. Between that and the Raffi our son listens to, I am feeling pretty Canadian today.
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For those of you who have access to either birch, aspen , alder, any other maple or other similar trees you can make syrup from there sap. It takes a larer amount of feed stock to make syrup but do-able.
Try 100:1. Or, you'd need 2.5 times the amount of sap required for maple syrup to get just the same amount. Ug.

That said, I'd love to try some. We got birches. Hmm...
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This summer I was in central New York, the finger lakes region at a local farmer's market. The guy sold maple syrup so I got to talking with him. As a kid I missed the flavor of the old style Log Cabin syrup, the one in a tin can shaped like a log cabin. That was the flavor I remember and liked as a kid.

I told him Trader Joe's has it and its Grade B. He told me grade B is because it harvested is at later time of the season. Then I asked him if there is such a thing as Grade C and he said yes but its not available to the public and its a commercial grade. This means the big manufacturers use Grade C and mix it with other syrups to get some kind of maple syrup flavoring.
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I have a new bottle of Grade A from Quebec right now. Between that and the Raffi our son listens to, I am feeling pretty Canadian today.
Put some RUSH on Hoser!
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For those of you who have access to either birch, aspen , alder, any other maple or other similar trees you can make syrup from there sap. It takes a larger amount of feed stock to make syrup but do-able.
It can be done with Agave also. I have no idea how to go about it, but I have a bottle of Agave syrup I use as a sweetener.
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