Which maple syrup do you trust?

Posted on: Fri, 04/23/2004 - 12:33am
dgood's picture
Joined: 03/27/2004 - 09:00

I want to make some pancakes for my daughter and called Hungry Jack (what I have in my pantry) and they were highly UNHELPFUL. She said they do an allergy wash after a major allergen is used on a line and that's all the assurance she could give...no info on other products they make in the plant!

So...does anyone have a brand they trust based on the response from the manufacturer?

Thanks for any help.

Posted on: Fri, 04/23/2004 - 12:39am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

I usually use the "Master Choice" brand that I purchase at A&P and Dominion grocery stores. I have never contacted the manufacturer however.

Posted on: Fri, 04/23/2004 - 3:12am
MeCash's picture
Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

Well, I'll use any 'natural' maple syrup that says under ingredients "only all natural maple syrup" and no other ingredients. That's just me. But, back in the day when I could eat peanut butter (I'm not PA, but both my kids are) I'd only buy peanut butter that had peanuts and nothing else in it. No sugar, no salt, no freaky chemicals I can't pronounce.
I am generally that way with most foods. Ice cream should be cream and fruit. Hello, what do I need Xanthum Gum in there for?

Posted on: Fri, 04/23/2004 - 7:31am
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dgood, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I had just posted to-day, under both Manufacturers and Peanut Free Businesses, an e-mail that I received from another PA.com member about their maple syrup, if that will help.
I just buy Aunt Jemima table syrup for pancakes - Canadian specific. I have never called the manufacturer though.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 04/24/2004 - 9:03am
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Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

Oh my God I have to worry about maple syrup too!!!

Posted on: Sat, 04/24/2004 - 9:51am
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lalow, no, not necessarily. Please don't let this board freak you out. I have never *worried* about maple syrup. I've checked the ingredient label before I've purchased a new bottle if it wasn't pure maple syrup, but that's it.
It is possible, if you let yourself, to freak out about probably everything until you've reached your comfort zone, but you really don't have to.
Someone has raised a valid question for themselves, to see about maple syrup and they're getting some *good* responses.
Go through the grocery store with your shopping list and try to figure out what items on your list you think you *may* have to freak out about. *May* have to. Not definitely have to.
Honestly, I've been dealing with PA for 6 years now, or over 6 actually, and erik all of his life, and I'm not in freak-out mode about everything.
The questions are valid and you may learn that hey, I *should* only buy such and such a brand of whatever, but no, you don't have to worry about everything.
(You do know about looking for ingredient labels on cosmetics and other things, right? - have you seen the thread by ajas_folks about Unusual or Unexpected Sources of Peanut Products? - it is an *important* thread to have a look at, but again, not to freak out about).
I guess I'm trying to say, "choose your battles". You'll figure it out. Really. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 04/24/2004 - 1:46pm
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Posted on: Sat, 04/24/2004 - 2:43pm
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lalow, have I told you my cream cheese story?
When I was new to this board, but not new to PA, and living in Canada where things are considered to be labeled fairly well when it comes to allergens, I read a lot of people talking about cream cheese - how do you make your own, do you let your PA child eat it, etc.
I couldn't figure out why. I used Philadelphia Cream Cheese and it was labeled well, didn't say anything about "may contain" or anything. My PA son never had any problems with it. On the other hand, we didn't buy a LOT of cream cheese either, so to me, it wasn't that big of a deal. Do you know what I mean?
Then, at some point (and also, please remember my comfort zone was already in place when I found PA.com and it still did freak me out to read some stuff here), I had the time to do some research re cream cheese to find out why some members were uncomfortable with it.
Turns out that in Canada, at the time I did the research, Philadelphia Cream Cheese (owned by Kraft) was made in the same factory, but on a different floor than Kraft Peanut Butter.
So, okay, finally understood why some people were not okay with cream cheese. What I did was simply change brands on the rare occasion that I do buy it.
I hope that you didn't take any offense to what I said. I know how scary this board can be when you're a newcomer and trying to find your comfort zone. When I was a newcomer to this board, I had already been dealing with PA for probably three years, already had my current comfort zone in place.
(Having said that, I have also learned most everything I know about PA from this site, the other members and their support, caring, concern, information, and encouragement).
If you feel concerned about something that is in your cupboard or 'fridge right now - there is NEVER any question that is too stupid to ask. I have yet to see someone say to anyone, hey, that's just a bloody stupid question. You will get an answer from someone that either has asked themselves the same question, has called the manufacturer re the same product, or who either does or does not use the product.
I just don't want you to get overwhelmed, freaked out and scared away from the board.
PA is overwhelming. It is also a journey. That's why I suggested taking baby steps with your next grocery list for example. Look on the list of stuff that you need to buy for your home and say, okay, is this a PA concern (and I think you're also dealing with another FA, aren't you) or isn't it? Should it be one or shouldn't it be?
The maple syrup question is a valid question and I was not negating the person who asked the question. What I was trying to do was respond to you, solely, so that you don't leave us.
If it were me (and it's not, and everyone is saying, thank heaven it's not), I would actually post my next grocery list on the board and say, hey, is there anything on this list that I should worry about? This is something new I'm buying. This is something I haven't bought since the PA diagnosis. This is something my PA child hasn't eaten before. And people will help.
Again, I just don't want you to get freaked out and flee. Once you find your own comfort zone (and it does change as circumstances change and your child ages), some things you may look at and say, okay, I don't have to worry about that right now. I can let that thread go by unread.
I hope you know what I was trying to say. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 04/24/2004 - 4:06pm
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Yes, I've never worried about maple syrup, and I have never checked with any manufacturers of maple syrup. I buy the 100% pure Canadian maple syrup.
In addition to my regular brand I listed above (A&P Master Choice), I also have used Camp, Old Colony, Longo's, and President's Choice.
I usually don't buy Aunt Jemaima since it is fake - not real maple syrup.. I want the authentic product.
p.s. maple syrup is a good source of calcium [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 04/25/2004 - 12:07am
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erik, sorry, I did say that I bought Aunt Jemima when I bought TABLE syrup. I'm not sure if the question meant solely maple syrup or if it meant table syrup which people also use to pour on their pancakes/waffles so that's why I posted what TABLE syrup I use as well.
Master's Choice has a maple syrup out? Or, is it a table syrup?
Yes, it is "fake".
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 04/25/2004 - 1:39am
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Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Hi Cindy,
It's good you mentioned Aunt Jemaima.. many people do buy this and it is safe. Being the 100% Canadian that I am however, I stick to the real McCoy.. hehe But for some people Aunt Jemaima is good, and if the kids like Aunt Jemaima, why waste the extra money on the real stuff [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Yes, Master Choice makes real maple syrup. I try to buy the 500 mL jar when it's on sale as maple syrup can be costly.


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