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I made a simple syrup but forgot to refrigerate it. It's been a few weeks. I assume it's no good, right?

Relatedly, how long can a simple syrup keep in the refrigerator?

Thanks!

asked by pixellle almost 6 years ago
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added almost 6 years ago

I've done that before and what's curious about it is that one time it was fine for at least a week and another time, thin strands of bacteria were evident after only 3 days. I'm not sure what the reason is, but that being said, I've had good luck with it for about 4 weeks when kept in the fridge.

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added almost 6 years ago

I've got a batch I made last spring and it's find. And I never refrigerate simple syrup.

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added almost 6 years ago

I keep mine in a lidded glass jar on the counter, and if it has been a while I stick it in the microwave (lid off). This is not very scientific but I like to think that if I get it really hot I am killing off the botulism. I have a rich imagination ;)

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added almost 6 years ago

it isn't all that dissimilar to the stuff they use to culture organisms when they're trying to see if you have strep...sugar is cheap, why risk it?

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added almost 6 years ago

Thank you drbabs - I don't use it often but I made some lavender infused (strained) syrup for lemonade this summer. I guess I didn't want to throw out my home- grown lavender goodness, but I was being lazy and maybe unsafe! Thank you innoabrd, you're right sugar is cheap and not worth the risk. I RETRACT MY LAST COMMENT!

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added almost 6 years ago

Oh--no worries--if you've read other foodpickle posts of mine, you'll recognize this as my mantra. It comes from very hard experience--I made beef stew once and let it sit out a little too long. It wasn't fun. I did some research after that about food safety and I'm in the "better safe than sorry" camp.

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added almost 6 years ago

one way to help keep your simple syrup from going funky is to add a teaspoon of vodka or other neutral alcohol to the syrup.

I also stored mine in the fridge, but it still would get cloudy/nasty. Instead, I keep it in the freezer in a tupperware-type container. It freezes up to a thick slushy consistency and I spoon out what I need. No moldy bits. :-)