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Feb 15, 2007 07:07 AM

When making simple syrup...

How long will it last without settling? I'm planning on using 2 cups of granulated sugar to 2 cups of boiling water. Can I get a couple of days of use out of it?

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  1. Once you combine the sugar and water, it won't sepearate. You can keep simple in the fridge for a week without any problems.

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    1. re: fafner

      Exactly what I needed- thanks so much.

      1. re: fafner

        You can keep it on the shelf with other addenda (UN-refrigerated) for several months. I kept it an old, cleaned screw top bottle and no deterioration occured nor did any crystalization occur.

      2. At that level of sugar to water, you should not have any recrystalization as long as you bring it to a boil and let it boil until it appears clear.

        1. it will keep for a month or more in the fridge.

          further, you don't need to boil it. just use 1-1 proportions and shake the hell out of it for 30 seconds.

          add a neutral spirit like vodka..(the only use for that pernicious ingredient imo) and it will keep for even longer.

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          1. re: Nathan07

            Vodka is useful for infusions :) There are a lot of uses for vodka, just not by itself.

          2. Just my $0.02, but I make simple syrup as 2 parts sugar to 1 water because I want to be able to control the amount of water in each individual drink. If there isn't enough after my simple syrup addition I can always add more water; if anyone knows how to get water OUT of a drink I'd love to hear it.

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            1. re: negronilover

              I agree, when I make simple syrup for cocktails I use a 2:1 ratio as well.