Honey

Color, Flavor and Form

Honey differs in color and taste depending on the blossoms visited by the honey bees.  Honey can be enjoyed in several forms – comb honey, liquid honey and cream honey.


Health Benefits

Research has shown that unlike most other sweeteners, honey contains small amounts of a wide array of vitamins, minerals and trace minerals as well as antioxidants.  Honey’s composition also makes it an effective antimicrobial agent, useful for treating minor burns and scrapes, and for aiding the treatment of sore throats and other bacterial infections.

Note:  Honey should not be fed to infants less than one year of age.  Honey is a safe and wholesome food for older children and adults.


Storage

Store honey at room temperature, never in the refrigerator. If honey crystallizes, simply place the honey container in warm water and stir until the crystals dissolve.  Or, microwave 1 cup of honey in a microwave-safe container, stirring every 30 seconds, until crystals dissolve.  Be careful not to boil or scorch the honey.



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Baking Tips

·  When baking, lower baking temperatures by 25 degrees.  Honey makes baked goods brown faster.

·  Use air pans when baking with honey.

·  Measure honey easily by coating the cup or spoon with oil or non-stick spray.

·  One tablespoon of honey added to your cake mixes will keep them moist longer.

·  Decrease the amount of liquids by ¼ cup per cup of honey used.

·  A 12-ounce jar of honey equals a standard measuring cup.



Honey Lemonade

12 ounce can lemonade (frozen concentrate)

¼ cup honey

Mix honey with ¼ cup of warm water.  Prepare lemonade as directed on the package.  Add honey and water mixture.  Makes 2 quarts.



Honey Butter

½ cup butter

½ cup honey

Blend together thoroughly.  Store in refrigerator. Serve on fresh bread and rolls.



Fruit Dip

½ pint lemon yogurt (or other flavor)

1 tablespoon honey

4 ounce package of cream cheese

Blend until smooth and chill.  Serve with your favorite fruits.



Creamy Honey Frosting

1 - 8 ounce package of cream cheese

¼ to ½ cup honey

Whip cream cheese until fluffy.  Add honey until desired consistency.