Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Kirkland Grade A Dark Amber Maple Syrup

This is the third container of maple syrup I've purchased from Costco.

The first one was rectangular and twice this size, the last one was a smaller version of the first one, and now they've made it to look like a syrup...jug.

Whatever. Nature is so magical - this is the blood from trees and it's tasty!

If that doesn't turn you on, how about this from Larousse?

Maple (erable)
One of about 200 species of tree or shrub which grows in temperate climates. The North American sugar maple has an orange sap, which is collected from the trunk in the spring and yields a clear golden syrup. Rich in sugar, with an aromatic flavor, maple syrup is very popular in the United States and Canada. It is spread on roasts and ham, served with pancakes, and puddings, and used to glaze carrots and caramelize sweet potatoes. Maple-syrup tart is another favourite.
Centrifugation of maple syrup produces a 'butter'; an essence used as a flavouring in patisserie and confectionery is obtained by distillation. Concentrated maple syrup produces a type of candy sugar. Lastly maple sap can be used to make a cider-like drink (especially in Louisiana) which, after fermentation, yields an aromatic vinegar.
Kirkland 100% Pure Grade A Dark Amber Maple Syrup available in a 1 liter jug at Costco for $15.87, making each of the 16 quarter-cup servings about $0.99 each. (And I see now I neglected to get that on a grocery list so the annual total will be off. That's annoying.)