Natural and Thrifty in 365: #56 Homemade Maple Syrup

Who doesn’t love some good old fashioned maple syrup? But I don’t think we like that price tag, do we? Here’s a simple way that you can make your own syrup at home and save some money. You can use organic ingredients so that your syrup is completely organic if you wish.

Homemade Maple Syrup


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups raw sugar (turbinado)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar or sucanat
  • 1 tsp maple extract


Simmer water and sugars in a saucepan for about 15-20 minutes, until you get a syrupy consistency. Remove from heat, and then stir in the maple extract. Cool slighlty and use right away or save for later. Store it in your saved glass containers, and keep refrigerated.

Once you try this recipe, let me know how you like it!

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  1. but but….maple syrup has soooo many vitamins and minerals. this is just sugar…

  2. I tend to buy the cheap syrup and this would be even cheaper! As much as I like the real stuff, I can’t afford it!

  3. Sorry, but Yuck! After having real maple syrup I cannot stand the taste of the cheap “syrup”

  4. Sorry but this is not homemade maple syrup. We make the real deal at home and actually tap our trees. Even making it on our own gas stove in our house, it is cheaper then buying it at the store, however it takes a LOT of time and you can’t factor that into the cost. Sorry, but as a loyal reader of yours since the beginning I’m disappointed in this post being called “homemade maple syrup”.

  5. Real syrup… I save where I can to splurge where I can And real syrup is not to expensive on amazon if u do the supersaver shipping

  6. Real maple syrup is way too expensive for my household! I normally buy the cheap stuff and splurge for the real stuff at the holidays. I do think the Homemade Maple Syrup recipe is a better alternative than the cheap stuff. Have you ever read the back of the cheap stuff? I am going to try this recipe as an alternate choice. At least my 4 yo can pronounce these ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Sorry, I have to agree with other posters. This may be a recipe for a sugar syrup, but it is not maple syrup, since the only way to make real maple syrup is to tap maple trees. I do not balk at the cost of the real thing, etiher. In my experience there is no decent replacement, and a little goes a long way because the flavor is so amazing.

  8. Just wanted to let you know the green tomatoes I picked and put in brown paper bags are many now ripening! A few spoiled waiting to ripen, but the remainder are looking great and should be done in the next week or two.

  9. Wow, I can’t believe some of these comments.

    Yes, I really like pure maple syrup, nothing compares to it. We don’t buy the fake stuff. But, not everyone has the money to splurge on real maple syrup, or sugar maple trees on their property. Or the ability to tap the trees if they do.

    I think this recipe sounds like a decent alternative to either buying the preservative- and artificial flavor-laden stuff or the expensive pure maple syrup. I’d sooner eat this than the garbage they sell in stores called “maple flavored syrup”.

    As far as the vitamins and minerals in maple syrup, they are there…in trace amounts for the most part. How much maple syrup do you put on your pancakes that you’d count on a significant amount of your nutrition coming from it?

    The bottom line is that I may try this if I can find organic maple flavoring. If I do, I’ll post a review, rather than a commentary like most of the previous comment (and this one :))

  10. i think this is a nice sub for aunt jemima, but I wouldn’t call it “homemade maple syrup” – because i got very excited when i read it…and then saw that it’s mostly sugar. maybe another name for this could be “homemade pancake syrup” or waffle syrup or “homemade aunt jemima syrup” – but it’s not even close to maple syrup…when I think of maple syrup, i think HEALTHY…sugar is not

  11. Hi,
    Like your recipe. I understand how the others feel, that it isn’t real. That’s all the little kids get is the real stuff, or my homemade fruit syrup or molasses. But, on the other hand, we have some grown up boy/men here that like to make syrup swimming pools on their plates. The homemade version is fine for those big lugs.
    Thanks for the recipe and ratios. I am one of those cooks that never measures, just throw it all in so it’s hard for me to tell others the recipe.

  12. At the moment, I can’t afford organic maple syrup for everyday use. I wanted to find an alternative to the store bought chemical faux syrup. I used the above recipe with all organic ingredients and my husband thought it was better than Log Cabin etc. but not as good as the real thing but understands the monetary choice. I spent 1.50 on organic ingredients to make 18 ounces of the above versus 11.00 for the same amount of the real thing. I will use the real thing for special recipes and the above for daily use. (It wasn’t easy finding organic maple extract)

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