Will a bulging can of Quebec Maple Syrup attempt to kill me?
March 10, 2014 5:19 AM Subscribe
A year and a half ago my Canadian friend brought me a can of maple syrup from Quebec, which is unavailable in the place where I live. When I took it out today I saw that the unopened metal can is bulging at both ends. Can the syrup be saved?
posted by zaelic to Food & Drink (20 answers total)
Cans don't bulge by themselves. Something biological is creating enough gas in there to puff out the metal can. But after googling "bulging can of maple syrup" I found forums full of argumentative Northern syrup experts claiming that botulism bacteria cannot grow in maple syrup due to the high sugar content.
I really don't want to toss my precious syrup out, but I also don't want to fall victim to a deadly neurotoxin. While maple syrup can develop mold, most people say "if it still tastes good, eat it." However, if I can't taste it safely, how can i know if it is actually just mold? I have not opened the can yet. Can I reboil or microwave the contents safely into submission? Or should I accept my sweet defeat and toss out the can?