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I prepared the Gulab jamuns few days back. Now there is a lot of sugar syrup remaining, what's the way of preserving it without using the fridge?

One way is to boil it daily, but that'll consume a lot of gas. So, any other way out?

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Sugar is a natural preservative and provided you store it in a dark, dry, cool place it should keep for a long time. You should store it in a sterilised glass jar or bottle.

To sterilise, place the empty, open jar in a pan of cold water and bring to the boil, boiling for ten minutes. Remove, pour in the syrup, then place the lid on and return to the boiling water for another ten minutes. Dry with a clean towel and store.

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Thanks for responding, won't the glass break on boiling? Is glass necessary? I have the high quality plastic bottles: pearlpet.com Won't they do? –  TheIndependentAquarius May 17 '11 at 8:04
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I've edited the answer actually - I'd neglected to say you should place the jar in the water when it's cold and then bring it to the boil: this means the glass shouldn't shatter with heat stress. I'm not sure how the plastic bottles would behave so can't say, but I wouldn't risk it. –  ElendilTheTall May 17 '11 at 8:13
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@anisha Yes, apparently I'm some kind of guru :D As long as you use a clean spoon (or just pour the syrup) and don't leave the lid off the jar, the syrup should last for a decent amount of time. If and when it does go bad you can simply clean it out and use it again. –  ElendilTheTall Jun 23 '11 at 7:23
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@Anisha: You can also try heating the sealed jar with the syrup in it, fully immersed in a pot of water. Give it a half hour or so at a rolling boil. This should kill most bacteria, but because of risks of botulism, I would not use syrup stored more than a month. Adding a touch of lime juice or an ounce or two of vodka may also help extend shelf life. –  BobMcGee Jun 26 '11 at 16:21
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"To sterilise, place the empty, open jar in a pan of cold water and bring to the boil, boiling for ten minutes. Remove, pour in the syrup, then place the lid on and return to the boiling water for another ten minutes." –  ElendilTheTall Jun 26 '11 at 16:35
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You can can/bottle it. google for some good canning/bottling instructions. You can then use the jars at your leisure. They should store for a long time in your cupboard.

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