Does simple syrup go bad?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “Does simple syrup go bad?” and discuss how to properly store simple syrup. We will also discuss how to fix crystallized simple syrup and whether you can freeze it or not. We will also list down ways in which you can make a more stable simple syrup and discuss how to tell if simple syrup has gone bad.

Does simple syrup go bad?

Yes, simple syrup can go bad. The shelf life of simple syrup depends on the ratio of sugar and water used in making it. Simple syrup made with 1:1 ratio lasts for about a month while simple syrup made with 2 parts sugar and 1 part water can last for up to 6 months.

The shelf life of simple syrup also depends upon which process you used to make it. Simple syrup made using cold process lasts only for about two weeks while simple syrup made using hot process lasts longer than that. This is because the heat kills off most of the microorganisms which could cause it to spoil.

How to store simple syrup?

Simple syrup should be stored in the fridge. It should be transferred to a clean glass bottle or a jar which has a tight seal or an airtight lid. This is very important as you need to keep your simple syrup away from all the contaminants. 

You should sterilize your glass bottle or jar before pouring in the simple syrup. You can do so by using boiling water to sterilize it or washing it using soap and hot water. 

How to fix crystallized simple syrup?

Simple syrup can crystallize. It does not mean that it has gone bad instead, it is fixable. To fix crystallized simple syrup, pour it out on a non-stick pan and heat it on low flame. Do not stir it and keep an eye on it so that it does not stick to the pan. It will be ready once all the sugar has dissolved and the syrup has achieved the desired consistency. 

Can you freeze simple syrup?

Yes, you can freeze simple syrup to make it last longer. To freeze simple syrup, pour it into an airtight container and then into a freezer safe bag to avoid any freezer burns. 

How to make your simple syrup last longer?

You can make your simple syrup last longer by properly storing it in the fridge and in an airtight jar or container. Simple syrup made with the hot process also tends to last longer than simple syrup made with cold process. 

Another way to make your simple syrup last longer is to add more sugar in it. It will result in a much richer syrup and will last longer as well. 

Another way people claim to make the simple syrup last longer is by adding a bit of vodka to it. Vodka is a distilled alcohol with a very long shelf life which is why it can protect the simple syrup from going bad.

How to tell if simple syrup has gone bad?

You can tell if simple syrup has gone bad by looking at its appearance. Simple syrup that has gone bad will appear cloudy as opposed to fresh simple syrup that appears clear. Cloudy appearance is an indicator that bacteria or mold have invaded and simple syrup is no longer suitable for consumption.

Another way to tell whether it has gone bad or not is by smelling it. More often than not, simple syrup that has been contaminated by microorganisms will start to smell bad. If it does smell bad, throw it out. 

Learn how to serve simple syrup here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “Does simple syrup go bad?” and discussed how to properly store simple syrup. We also discussed how to fix crystallized simple syrup and whether you can freeze it or not. We also listed down ways in which you can make a more stable simple syrup and discussed how to tell if simple syrup has gone bad.

Citations

https://thekitchencommunity.org/how-long-does-simple-syrup-last/
https://eatdelights.com/simple-syrup-expire/
https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-store-simple-syrup#how-to-make-simple-syrup

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