Pure maple syrup once it is bottled will keep 2 to 4 years unrefrigerated. Once the container is opened it must me refrigerated. Maple syrup, before it is opened, should be stored in a cool dark place. It can be stored in the freezer, extending the shelf life for years. Allow the syrup to thaw before using so it can be easily poured.
If left unrefrigerated after opening the maple syrup may form a mold on it. If noticed in time, skim or remove this mold, add a few drops of water and reheat the syrup to just boiling and rebottle.
If the syrup is too thick or left exposed to the air for an extended period of time, it will form crystals. There is no need to cause alarm if you should see this happening. To eliminate this keep syrup tightly sealed when not in use and refrigerate. If these crystals form inside the bottle, just add some hot water to dissolve. If the cover becomes too hard to open, sugar crystals may have formed on the inside of the cap. Run hot water over the cover for a few seconds and this should make it easier to open.
The maple syrup vanilla and maple syrup cinnamon should be stored the same way as the pure maple syrup.
Pure maple butter or spread should be stored in the refrigerator for extended shelf life. To keep indefinitely it can be frozen. If maple butter is going to be used in a short period of time it can be left out at room temperature. At room temperature the syrup will separate from the butter and form on the top. Just take a few seconds and stir it back in and your ready to spread. Over an extended period of time, left unrefrigerated, mold may form on the top of the syrup. If this happens, just remove the syrup or the mold and it may still be ok to use. To prevent this, just keep you spread refrigerated.
Maple jelly, once opened, must be stored in the refrigerator. Maple jelly should not be kept frozen.
Pure maple cream is kind of like chocolate, it doesn’t like the extreme heat. Try to keep in a cool dry place for optimum storage. It can be kept refrigerated for extended shelf life. It may be frozen but should be put in an airtight plastic bag, with the air removed, for proper storage. Maple cream over time will become hard. It only has a limited shelf life left unrefrigerated. If it does become hard you can grate this with a box grater and use in cooking or to sweeten most anything. If the outside is hard the inside still may be creamy, just break open and enjoy.
Pure maple taffy must be kept in the freezer until its ready to be eaten. Just remove it from the freezer an hour ahead of time to soften it up. Uneaten taffy should be put back in the freezer or it will turn sugary. It has a very long shelf life if kept frozen but may eventually turn to sugar over an extended period of time.
Pure granulated maple sugar should be kept in an airtight container or bag in a cool dry place. The sugar is more concentrated than the other maple products and can be stored much easier and for a longer period of time. It doesn’t have to be kept refrigerated; it can be stored in your cupboard or on your pantry shelf.
Pure maple candy must be kept in the freezer at all times. If left out at room temperature it will become stuck together and eventually melt. It has a very good shelf life if stored properly but may turn to sugar over an extended period of time.
Maple hard candies and suckers should be kept away from the heat. They will become sticky and or sugary over time. To extend their shelf life, just refrigerate or pop in the freezer. For optimum storage, keep in a cool dry place.
Maple roasted peanuts, cashews, pecans, and almonds like all nuts should be kept in a cool dry place. Once opened nuts should be resealed to maintain their freshness. Nuts can be refrigerated or put in the freezer.
Maple cookies have about a year shelf life. For the best storage, keep in a cool dry place. Keep sealed for optimum freshness.
Maple BBQ sauce must be refrigerated after it’s opened. It may separate over time but can be easily shaken to redistribute the oils and ingredients.
Maple caramels have a very long shelf life and should be kept in a cool dry place.