Vermont Maple Syrup Cooking Substitutions

I LOVE to bake, and whenever I can substitute granulated maple sugar, I do! I might not always have granulated sugar, but I ALWAYS have a jug of Syrup in the fridge.

Thanks to the Vermont Maple Sugar Maker’s Association (www.vermontmaple.org), just in case you’re out, here’s how to substitute!

“When cooking with pure Vermont maple syrup, substitute 3/4 to one cup of maple syrup for every one cup of granulated white sugar. Decrease the liquid in your recipe by 2 to 4 tablespoons for each cup of syrup used. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, unless your recipe already calls for buttermilk, sour milk or sour cream. Also, decrease your oven temperature by 25 degrees as batters containing maple tend to caramelize around the edges more quickly.

Pure granulated maple sugar can be substituted one for one anywhere you use white processed granulated sugar.”

Thanks to this, there will be more maple recipes to come!

Vermont Maple Open House Weekend!

Maple SyrupThis annual event is a chance to step into a local sugar house and see the sugar makers at work! If you’re visiting Vermont or just watching your friends and neighbors at work, see how syrup is made from start to finish, sap to syrup!

Some sugar houses are open daily for sight see-ers and curious people alike, but this one weekend each sugar season even more sugar makers open their doors to show the public how our favorite Vermont specialty is created.

Each sugar maker does everything a little different. You might get to see older, traditional taps at work, while collecting buckets by hand, or the more present day method of sap lines and tubing that bring the sap right to the sugar house. Wood fired, oil fired, and different styled evaporators. Everyone’s syrup is held to the same standard though, and it should all taste delicious! There’s nothing better than hot syrup straight out of the evaporator.

Here are some great ideas for the weekend:

Take a snowshoe through some tap lines

Make sure you have some sugar on snow, paired wish a fresh doughnut and that good ol’ dill pickle to cut the sweetness

Try a maple hard boiled egg, or even a hot dog (They boil both in sap to give them that little bit of sweetness)

2014 Maple Open House Weekend

If you can’t make it to Vermont for this fun filled weekend you can order some Vermont Maple Syrup online and enjoy at home!

Welcome to Stowe Mercantile!

                                                           Come visit us on Main Street in

Stowe, Vermont in the old Depot Building

Or shop online.

We have a offer a something for everyone!

Gourmet Vermont Food with a huge selection of samples. Pure Vermont Maple Syrup. Vermont Craft Beer & Cider and Vermont Wine. Handmade Fudge & Candy. Souvenirs and Clothing. Housewares, Vermont Wood Products and Kitchenware. Vermont Bath & Body Products. Frames, Hooks and Candles. And much, much more!