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Simple Syrup, with emphasis on the simple

June 29,2009
Sweet Pea Chef
Jessica Efird

Jessica, aka the Sweet Pea Chef, is a former U.S. Senate staffer/weekend gourmet turned full-time mom/family gourmet. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

If you know me, you know I love Trader Joe’s. I was there last week and spotted a new item, a 12 ounce bottle of simple syrup for $2.49. I realize that TJ’s has a large following of folks who simply want flavorful, natural convenience food, and for most, buying this simple syrup would be a big convenience. I am all for convenience, really I am. But making simple syrup could not be, well, simpler. To prove my point, I took a picture of my timer when I began and when I was finished… Let’s start: You can use either 1:1 ratio of water to sugar or 1:2 ratio of water to sugar to make your syrup. I did 1:1, so first I added my sugar: Then came the water: I put it over high heat and stirred until the sugar dissolved: And how long did this take?: Store your simple syrup in a container for up to a week or more in the refrigerator: Use your simple syrup for sweet tea (my favorite!), making homemade lemonade, popsicles, mixed drinks, or for a fruit dessert. Pretty simple, eh? SPC