*Ensure containers used are sterilized (see Jam Making 101 for how to sterilize jars and/or bottles and tips for long-term storage) or freshly washed and dried before pouring in the cooled simple syrup.
*If known beforehand that peels or fruit skins will be used in a simple syrup, wash and dry fruits before peeling for ease in preparation. Also, peels and grinds can be placed into a freezer-safe container until needed and accumulated until the amount needed in each recipe is reached.
*It is preferable to use orange peels without the pith (the white, slightly bitter part). Use a peeler to peel oranges for ease in making this simple syrup. Or, if using peels from oranges that have been hand peeled, take a sharp paring knife and carefully cut away as much pith as possible from the skin. To do this, lay the orange peel pith side up on a cutting board, scrape or cut away the pith. This will reduce the bitterness in the final simple syrup.
*If you have composting facilities at home or your community, place the discards (peels, coffee grinds) in your compost collection bin, composter, or pile.
*Containers and any utensils used in simple syrups should be sterilized or clean and free from contaminants (e.g. water, crumbs, fingers, etc.). Syrup should be thrown out if it develops mould, cloudiness, or smells off.
*Simple syrups can be used to flavour teas, coffees, steamed milk, sparkling water, and cocktails. Pour a small amount over ice cream, yogurt, or oatmeal. Moisten cake layers to prevent cakes from drying out and for added flavour.
v*Keep in mind that bolder or stronger flavours (for example, coffee) can hold their own when using Brown Sugars, especially darker ones.
*Redpath® Golden Yellow Sugar is used in the orange peel simple syrup to allow the bright, delicate orange flavour from the peels to shine through with subtle hints of caramel.
*Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar is used in the banana simple syrup as the pronounced caramel flavour of this sugar pairs well with the tropical flavour that the banana peels bring to the syrup.
*Redpath Demerara Style Sugar is used with the coffee simple syrup as the deep earthy flavour of this sugar enhances the same flavours found in most coffees.