One Quick Tip: The Perfect Maple Syrup Bottle

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Guess who poured too much maple syrup on her pancakes this morning?

It wasn’t the 4-year-old girl, who did pour her own but did it perfectly without a drop left on the plate after her pancakes were gone.

Nor was it the 7-year-old boy, left to his own devices to apply the syrup to his pancakes.

Nope. It was me, because I had just refilled the soy sauce bottle and forgot to put the pour spout back on before dumping – and I do mean dumping – syrup on my plate.

Here’s your One Quick Tip for today:

Best Real Maple Syrup Bottle Container :: via Kitchen Stewardship

Put maple syrup in a soy sauce bottle or some sort of glass bottle with a smaller pouring spout. This is the key – that extra little piece of plastic on the top of the bottle that prevents actual pouring and forces you to more or less “shake” the contents out.

I used to use a repurposed lime juice bottle, which did a decent job, but I started thinking more about the amount of plastic we use and wishing I could find a glass alternative. A search of my basement “bottles and jars” box came up with this idea, and I couldn’t believe how easy it was for my kiddos!

The soy sauce bottle is the perfect size for children to pick up easily, and it comes out about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon at a time, so it’s almost impossible to waste. Perhaps certain dressings bottles would work as well, and I think this wine vinegar bottle would be another contender.

Best Real Maple Syrup Bottle Container (3) (356x475)

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More on maple syrup:

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See my goosh of maple syrup in the top left that oozed underneath everything, making it look like your standard IHOP plate, where it’s cool to use too much syrup and then waste it…because it’s not the real thing? Embarrassing…

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30 Bites of Conversation So Far

  1. Denise says

    That’s a great idea, but my bottle doesn’t have the plastic insert. We don’t use soy sauce, but rather Tamari.

    I think I am going to buy some soy sauce and dump it just for the bottle. Then I won’t be pouring everyone’s syrup to make sure it isn’t overused!

    Thanks, Katie!

    • Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship says

      Bummer on that! Any wine vinegar bottles? Salad dressing? Even when it’s not really food (cheap soy sauce) I hate to think of “waste”. 😉

  2. says

    I really appreciate this tip! I’ll have to look at what bottles I have with this. This has been a burning problem here. The Trader Joe’s bottle opening is too large, but I had to transfer from the tin can to the imperfect bottle. Thanks!

  3. Heather says

    The little restaurant maple syrup pitchers are easy to come by and less than $10. I have one for honey, and it’s perfect. I ought to pick up another for syrup.

    • Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship says

      Come to think of it, a reused honey container would be great, too – although usually plastic. I still like “free” better than $10, but other resources are always welcome! :) Katie

      • Heather says

        One of the honey bears, you mean? I usually buy honey a gallon at a time,. from Azure, although what I have at the moment came in a quart jug that looks like a small milk jug–and that the Munchkin Horde wants for their play kitchen when it’s empty. With luck, we’ll have bees yet this year, and then honey containers will be a whole new ball game! :-)

  4. Debbie says

    We use dipping bowls (like for olive oil) and pour our syrup in those. Each bite can then be dipped into the syrup and there’s no all over the plate waste.

  5. Karen says

    I am so relieved to know I am not the only one with a box of empty glass bottles and jars in my basement! Besides all the glass bottles and jars in my kitchen. I have even started saving some of the dark blue, brown and green ones in the bathroom for homemade versions of personal care and therapeutic items.

    Great idea for the syrup. I wonder if the insert from my olive oil bottle would “help” my older kids use a little less, without them feeling like they are being rationed. It’s got a bigger opening than the soy sauce bottles, but still slows the pour rate. I’ll have to go check that out.

  6. says

    What a brilliant tip! I would also try Debbie’s dipping idea–but I might get too greedy. Oh, and it would probably be good for my son too. :) Did every parent make heart shaped pancakes this morning?

    • Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship says

      I almost included that in the post b/c I knew folks would ask…unfortunately, I heard that the syrup farmer may have had a terrible stroke, so I just don’t even know if it will be available this year. *sniff*

  7. Gina says

    I like the little bottles that Kikkoman soy sauce comes in. They have the round top with a pour spout on each side. You usually see them on the tables at Chinese restaurants. I am currently using one for my olive oil for the oil cleansing method. I wonder if it would work for syrup?

  8. Julie says

    If the syrup bottle has a paper seal under the cap I will poke a small hole with a knife that allows just a little out. That allows the kids to pour their own without me hovering, they love the chance to do it on their own. I did learn my lesson about remembering to let guests know not to peel it off when Grandma came to visit and she helpfully “opened” the bottle with the huge opening!

  9. Stephanie says

    I use a soy sauce bottle for homemade vanilla and one for homemade dressing, now I know what to do with the next one! Thanks!

  10. Josie via Facebook says

    That would work well for me, but hubby insists on *pouring* his on until all is saturated. Oh well.

  11. Tress via Facebook says

    Great idea! I love the real stuff and only use a tiny bit. My hubby and my stepson only like the fake crap and pour so much on it’s super gross!

  12. Terra via Facebook says

    ^What Lynne Allen said! Costco’s real maple syrup is tapped from Canada and it’s delicious! :)

  13. Laura via Facebook says

    How much do I love you?!??! =D I keep these kind of bottles “just in case” — so far I have used for white vinegar (to shake on my dill pickle popcorn), but I hadn’t thought of using with maple syrup yet!!! And when you are using pure maple syrup with kids, it is hard to not hover over them making sure they don’t use too much. This is the perfect solution!!

  14. Gayle via Facebook says

    I use an oil bottle. Also, I too live in Michigan; where do you buy the syrup by the gallon?

  15. Aischa Japonica via Facebook says

    It helps with kids!!! I use a brand new hair dye bottle–bought empty, much finer tip.

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