Although maple syrup can spoil, it’s probably one of the least suspect things in your fridge or pantry. Maple syrup is actually pretty hardy and will stay fresh for a very long (i.e., indefinite) period of time, under any conditions, until you break the seal. Indeed, the experts confirm that “maple is packed hot, and is preserved until opened.” So, there you have it—if you haven’t breached that bottle of maple syrup, you have nothing to fear.
If you don’t know where you stand with that already opened bottle of pancake sauce but can’t stand the thought of chucking it out on instinct, we don’t blame you; after all, high-quality maple syrup is a rather big ticket item as far as groceries go. Fortunately, an opened container of maple syrup still boasts a pretty solid shelf-life. Once opened, the stuff should be stored in the refrigerator where it will stay fresh for up to six months. If you suspect that you’ll be hanging onto your maple syrup beyond that, your best bet is to store it in the freezer—yep, that’s actually a thing you can do—where it will be safe until the end of time. In fact, the freezer might as well be your go-to storage spot for maple syrup since the liquid will not freeze solid and is sure to stay fresh.