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[Hong Ssang Ri] Maesil Cheong (Plum Extract Syrup)
Hong Ssang Ri Plum Company produces Korea's finest plum products.
In 1965, Hong Ssang Ri (shown below) began to cultivate 2000 plum trees in the countryside of Gyeongnam Province. After decades of harvesting and experimenting, she's now become a grandmaster of plums. In fact, her Maesil-Cheong product has received distinction as one of Korea's finest export items (see video below).
Maesil-Cheong is the Korean word for plum extract syrup. It can be used for cooking and direct consumption. Hong Ssang Ri's Maesil-Cheong is made with 100% Korean-grown plums. The fresh plums are harvested and covered with oligosaccharide. It's then aged in traditional onggi jars for six months. The result is a delightfully tart and sweet extract.
Many homecooks use Maesil-Cheong as a substitute for sugar in Korean cooking. That's because it's sweet like sugar but much healthier - packed with vitamins, antioxidants and aids in digestion. In fact, some people drop a few spoonfuls in water and drink it as iced plum tea.
If you want to make your Korean recipes healthier, consider replacing the sugar with Maesil-Cheong.
I haven‚Äôt received it yet. It‚Äôs been quite a while since I ordered it
The plum extract syrup arrived promptly and is excellent.
I live in Orange County, CA, where there are a few Korean Markets nearby that stock Maesil but not this particular brand. Ive read a lot of recommendations for Hong Ssang and was so glad that you carried it. I have used it in cooking and have also used it as a beverage. It is wonderful! It has a lovely plum taste and just the amount of sweetness without being sugary. I love it!
I bought this to use in marinades and sauces but I ended up using it all to make tea! It tasted great both as a warm, and cold tea. I found it a little bit expensive so Im looking forward to trying another type next time. Overall great experience with shopping from gochujar, it arrived safely and quickly.
Item arrived carefully packed, exactly as described, safely and extremely quickly. I look forward to using this in my cooking, especially to elevate my bulgogi! There was a small note inside that was a great touch and I look forward to getting further staples from Gochujar again.
- Premium export item - one of Korea's best plum products
- Aged in traditional Onggi pots for 6 months
- Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients - healthy substitute for sugar
- Available in two sizes: 420 ml & 600 ml
Korean Plums (70%), Oligosaccharide (25%),
Plum Extract (3%), Raw Sugar (2%)
Expiration period: 2 year
Before opening, store in a cool, dry area
After opening, store in a cool, dry area
What to Make
Substitute for sugar (or honey) in any Korean marinade.
Mix with water for Korean Plum tea.
About the Brand
Hongssangri Maesil Farm is Korea's largest plum grower. The owner, Hong Ssang Ri, has spent the last 40 years processing and innovating plum products.
How is Maesil Made?
Equal parts Maesil and sugar (or Oligosaccharide) are packed into an air-tight container and left to age for up to six months. During this time, the fruit slowly releases its nutrition into its own juices. There is not a single drop of water added. After the six months, a natural syrup is made. It can be used right away or left to age for an additional year for deeper flavor.
Here is local news coverage on Hong Ssang Ri
The plums are grown in Korea.
No, it does not. Keep it a cool, dry area (and out of sunlight). If you do choose to store it in the refrigerator, the content may crystallize, and you'll see layers form in the bottle. To return it to its normal state, place back in room temperature.
There is raw sugar - a very small amount (2%). This sugar is added to prevent bacteria and mold from forming in the Onggi pots during the fermentation process.
Yes - start with 1 Tablespoon of extract for every 1/2 cup of water. (Add more to taste)
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About The Brand
Hongssangri Maesil Farm is Korea's largest plum grower. The owner, Hong Ssang Ri, has spent the last 40 years processing and innovating plum products. Her products have become one of Korea's best-selling export items.