Every now and then, life presents me with a conflict of sorts.
This time, it was my obvious overuse of date syrup.
“So sugar is off limits- everybody knows it’s not good for you, so I’ll just top everything with date syrup- if it’s made from dates, and it says “no added sugar”- then I should feel free to pour on, and on!”.
If there’s something I’ve learned in my almost 54 years around here- it’s that if something is too good to be true- it is too good to be true.
Date syrup is super sweet and adds a great flavor to all kinds of things- but it’s not “sugar-free” or “healthy” per se.
1 tbsp of date syrup is 60 calories, 13 grams of sugar, (that’s for the no added sugar kind!) but – it supplies potassium (154 mg for 1 tbsp) and magnesium (10 mg).
There I was- slashing that syrup on everything as if there’s no tomorrow- but then tomorrow did come, and I discovered that drowning everything I eat in date syrup isn’t the best idea at almost 54. because my body isn’t as forgiving as it used to be.
So- no way to stop using it altogether- what I decided to do was slow the process: meaning- put a lid on it. meaning: pour the syrup from a squeeze bottle instead of from the generous mason jar.
I know it’s plastic- but it’s totally re-usable- and the mason jar was put to good use- holding dry bulgur.
Now- you may wonder what the big deal is- and the answer is- it’s a known kitchen fact that you can always pour something narrow to something wide- but you cannot do the opposite.
Meaning- pouring the syrup from the wide-open mason jar to the narrow squeeze bottle was quite a challenge- until!!
Until I understood I was going about it the wrong way!
I tried to keep the syrup from spilling all over the place by attaching the jar and the bottle- when actually- the secret is to pour from higher and further.
Remember to do all this kind of potentially messy stuff over the sink– and not over wooden countertops (I am taking the 5th here……………………) and the trick is to hold the bottle in one hand as low as you can considering the sink- and the mason jar- at least 20 centimeters higher! yes- higher- the trick is that pouring from above thins the syrup and slows the pour, thus enabling you to complete the task mess-free in a matter of 30 seconds.
The same goes for my tahini dressing. I bought the tahini in the squeeze bottle once – and now it is destined to function as the “tahini dressing squeeze bottle forever.
Why not just buy the squeeze bottle every time and not bother with the over-the-sink effective high to low pouring technique?
Because– those squeeze bottles are still plastic+they cost more than 25% more than their mason jar equivalent. so not environmental nor frugal.
Having said all that- I do miss those happy times of topping everything with a ton of date syrup.
Enjoy- the cooliflower.
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