5 Things You Need to Know About Maple Syrup

For the love of Maple syrup – I recently learned there are different types and depths of maple syrup when I visited a shop that had specialty home made food products. I came across a wall of syrups that I thought were just different kinds of flavors. A woman came over and said how she noticed I was admiring the syrups and of course I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm. I was already in a place in my head that was saying I was going to be broke before I left the shop.

She then told me these were all maple syrups and I just starred. All? She then proposed we go over to a small table where they had several of the maples as a sample. I couldn’t believe the difference in flavor from one to another. Some were mild others were overwhelming and coated your tongue.

She told how the heavier dark flavors were meant for baking goods that were not very sweet and light were meant for ones that were already sweet like cinnamon roles. This is done to allow for baking goodies to be made desirable by each different consumers needs. They were also perfect for people who wanted the flavor of syrup to be heavy or light in drinks like coffee. I had never thought about having maple syrup in coffee – or hot chocolate etc.

There were also maple syrups mixed with raw honey and of course strawberries, cherries, blueberry, apricots and the likes. I tasted almost all and decided upon a light and dark and one mixed with raw honey and one mixed with strawberries. I asked if these were available online or to be delivered. She said no because they like to maintain quality and the temperature and light conditions can’t be controlled when product is shipped. I then added one mixed with blueberries. A lot of money but enough to last for at least three years. Then I will be out looking for more.

……check out more the link below for even more great information on Maple Syrup!

Consumer Reports’ reviews 14 brands of maple syrup and also clears up some of the confusion surrounding this sweet treat.

Source: 5 Things You Need to Know About Maple Syrup – Consumer Reports

Did You Know? – 43 Interesting Facts I Bet You Didn’t Know

did you know interesting facts 43 bet you didn't know

Wow, Some interesting stuff here!
DID YOU KNOW?

1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair
2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
5. Elmer’s Glue – paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.
6. Shiny Hair – use brewed Lipton Tea
7. Sunburn – empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
8. Minor burn – Colgate or Crest toothpaste
9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
11 Bee stings – meat tenderizer
12. Chigger bite – Preparation H
13. Puffy eyes – Preparation H
14. Paper cut – crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
15. Stinky feet – Jello
16. Athletes feet – cornstarch
17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails – Vicks vapor rub
18. Kool-Aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
19. Kool-Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won’t hurt them if they eat it!
20. Peanut butter – will get scratches out of CD’s! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
21. Sticking bicycle chain – Pam no-stick cooking spray
22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby
23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on
25. Heavy dandruff – pour on the vinegar !
26. Body paint – Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
27 Tie Dye T-shirt – mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
28. Preserving a newspaper clipping – large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD’s!
30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
32. To remove wax – Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
34. Baked on food – fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!
35. Crayon on the wall – Colgate toothpaste and brush it!
36.. Dirty grout – Listerine
37. Stains on clothes – Colgate toothpaste
38. Grass stains – Karo Syrup
39. Grease Stains – Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.
42. Gatorade is good for Migraine Headaches (PowerAde won’t work)
43. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you ‘squeeze’ for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.
They are:

Monday = Blue,
Tuesday = Green,
Thursday = Red
Friday = White
Saturday = Yellow.

So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green – Red – White – Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.