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So...we got a half gallon of pure maple syrup (yum) : and after making pancakes for breakfast I couldn't find our newly opened bottle. Turns out my husband put it away on the shelf instead of the refrigerator the day before after opening it. It sat out a little less than 24 hours before discovery and since it says "refrigerate after opening" I am wondering if it is okay. If it was just DH eating it...I wouldn't care if it was safe (just kidding) but since we have 3 little ones I want to make sure all is a green light before eating it again. DH thinks I am crazy that he is sure it is fine but wanted to double check.

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I don't really refrigerate syrup. Perhaps I should?

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Um, my maple syrup stayed in the cupboard for several months while we gradually used it up. I didn't think of refrigerating it, guess I should've read the bottle!
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Wow, do other people refrigerate their maple syrup? We don't. Are we supposed to?
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I come from a family that made maple syrup for many years and have never, ever, put it in the fridge. Still here. Boy I miss making it-- the Uncle who owned the land passed away, and his brother makes it now-- But I don't know him well enuf to ask if I can come down and work for a day- but he does give me the family discount on it. $11 a quart. And I have only had one bottle ever grow mold- and that was a gift from Vermont that was given to me. If you find clear "rocks" in the bottom of the jar-- make sure to eat them they are the worlds best rock candy!
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It's fine so long as you don't contaminate it with dipping things in it. But then even in the fridge that would make it go bad faster. I have a giant thing from costco, and I leave that in my garage fridge and refill a small container in the pantry.
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I lost a large $$$ container to mold. I had not kept it in the fridge. I really don't know how, I thought I was super careful to not contaminate it. Such a bummer.

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I live in warm/hot climate (Singapore) I put some in the cupboard and forgot about it for a few weeks and it was mouldy. $$ bottle too

I think one day would be fine though, but I would put it in the fridge.
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I don't refrigerate it, because fridge space is scarce, but it will last months unrefrigerated if you're in a temperate-cool climate. My last bottle did grow mold, after about 6 months in the pantry.

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Thanks ladies...I am guessing it should be safe! We live in hot and humid Florida so in the refrigerator it went.
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I do refrigerate mine over the summer but now we're moving into fall I probably won't bother anymore till spring. If it grows mold (as I understand it anyhow) you can skim the mold off then boil the syrup and it should be fine again.
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I don't refrigerate ours and it's always been fine. I didn't know it could grow mould--perhaps from now on I will refrigerate it in the summer at least.

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maple syrup mold facts.

http://www.eplersmaplesyrup.com/facts/mold.shtml

Don't throw it out if it has mold!!

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i have lost a bottle to mold, and i have kept lots of other bottles just fine not refrigerated. the bottle i lost to mold was in the middle of summer in st louis-when the humidity is at its worst.

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I left it in my pantry for a year before I noticed the label. Our house temperature is usually between 72 and 80 degrees F.
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wow this makes me want some maple syrup
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we have always gotten our maple syrup in gallon jugs growing up and we kept the gallon in the cellerway. We just refilled a tupperware thing we had for maple syrup. If it molds you just skim off the mold and boil the syrup and it is fine. We never actually had any mold that I can remember.
We always got the cooking grade syrup from the farmer my mom babysat for. Best maple syrup in the world.
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