Unique food pairings have created some classic flavor combinations. Think dark chocolate and red wine or fruit drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Ingredient matchmaking is key, and sometimes you want to add a burst of flavor without a lot of work with an infusion.
When you extract an ingredient’s flavor into a liquid, everyday food can go from ordinary to sublime with a simple infusion, created by steeping herbs, spices, fruit or aromatics in liquid. The liquid can be water, oil, vinegar wine and even syrup. You can easily make an infusion on your own, but a more foolproof method is to order a bottle or two from a local vendor.
Enter Maple Syrup Infusions made by Old State Farms.
Joseph Burkett, whose family runs Old State Farms in Emlenton, Pennsylvania, produces 1,200 to 1,500 gallons of maple syrup a year. But his hand-bottled, robust syrup isn’t meant for waffles and pancakes alone. Keeping step with new cooking and flavor trends, Old State Farms has barrel-aged syrups and brilliantly infused syrups. Flavored with chai, chipotle and ginger root spices, these mouthwatering maple syrups are available for purchase. "Maple syrup is an amazing and versatile food, it’s so much more than just a topping for pancakes and waffles. We created our infused syrups to add another layer of flavor and depth to traditional maple syrup. Our idea is to take the canvas of maple syrup and overlay other complimentary flavors with the hope it will be used in all facets of cooking, baking and cocktails," Burkett said.
Unsure of how to cook with Old State Farms Maple Infusions? Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
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