Tip #1: If you can't get a jar/plastic bottle open, run warm/hot water over the lid for about 30 seconds and then try again. If it still won't come off, give it another 30 seconds under the water then try again.
Tip #2: Tired of messy syrup drips. Use a butter knife. Place the butter knife a little lower than the lip of the container. (See picture) Pour your syrup over then knife. When you are done, simply remove the knife and you will have no mess.
Tip #3: If a recipe ever calls for maple syrup to be brought to a temperature over 220 degrees, take a pad of butter and run it along the inside, top of the pan. You only need to run the butter about half an inch from the top. This should prevent the maple syrup from boiling over (you still need to watch it as this is not a fool proof method). We apologize to our vegan friends who might not find this tip helpful.
Tip #4: If you maple syrup boils over, or you kid spills it, all you need is warm water. The best way to clean up a sticky maple mess is warm water, a little soap, and patience. Let the water dissolve the syrup and then just wipe it away.