Dec102012

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Here’s a honey of a post! 17 things you probably didn’t know about honey, but should!

  1. To replace sugar with honey in a recipe, substitute 2/3 to 3/4 cup of honey per cup of sugar, and decrease the amount of liquids by 1/4 cup per cup of  honey used.  Stir the mixture very thoroughly. Lower the baking temperature by 25 degrees. Watch the baking time carefully since foods brown more quickly when honey is used.
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    Honey never spoils, making it a real winner when it comes to food storage. If it crystallizes or becomes granular, place the open container in a bowl of hot water until it liquifies again.

  3. Never refrigerate honey.
  4. 1 12-ounce honey bear is equal to one cup.
  5. Adding a little local honey to your kids diets may help prevent some allergies. The bees have been collecting pollen from plants in your specific area, the same pollen that is the culprit behind many allergies. Tiny doses of this pollen has the same effect as allergy shots, helping the body build immunity against pollen.
  6. Bees have been known to produce blue and green honey.
  7. Slightly warmed honey is easier to measure out and mix.
  8. A good beverage for rehydration is the combination of 1/2 c. honey, 1/2 t. salt, 2 c. orange juice, and 5 1/2 c. water. Use lukewarm water to help the honey dissolve faster, then cool.
  9. Honey contains antioxidants, which help protect against cellular damage.
  10. Honey can be purchased in a crystal form. When rehydrated, it can be used as liquid honey.
  11. Use honey on wounds, including burns, to help them heal faster. Honey is a natural antibiotic.
  12. Manuka honey is the preferred variety for first aid treatment.
  13. Honey should be stored in closed containers because it absorbs moisture from the air, which can cause it to ferment.
  14. A bird found in Africa, called the honeyguide locates and feeds on wild honey. People have learned that the honeyguide becomes very chatty when it finds a beehive, making it possible for people to retrieve honey themselves.
  15. Ancient Egyptians used honey as a form of money and fed it to their sacred animals.
  16. Honey can be used as a treatment for chapped lips!
  17. Honeybees are the only animal that actually produce food for humans! Just one reason to learn about beekeeping and becoming a beekeeper! Pay back the favor!

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(6) Readers Comments

  1. Worth mentioning that honey bought at the bib-box or grocery store is often not the same as that from a farmer’s market or local beekeeper.

    While they may say the only ingredient is “honey” they usually filter, blend, and pasteurize it, thus killing many of the benefits of the honey itself.

  2. I agree honey is great stuff!!!

    The honey crystals sound great, but the first ingredient is sugar, so no telling how much honey it even contains!

    • We are small-time beekeepers. If honey is properly sealed, and therefore protected from contaminants, it has an indefinite shelf-life. With it’s antibiotic powers and long storage potential, honey truly is a super food and a great item for the stockpile!

  3. Another well researched and informative post, especially no. 5 (adding local honey to your kids diets to ward off allergies). May I suggest you include a reminder that honey should NEVER be fed to babies because it can cause infant botulism. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002360/

  4. I was so glad to read about how to substitute honey for sugar in a recipe!!! I was just reading an outstanding article yesterday on the benefits of honey and kept saying to myself, “How do you substitute honey for sugar in recipes?” And, vo-la…here was your article. Thank you!!! I plan to implement more honey into our family diet. I have also noticed that I don’t get “sugar headaches” when I eat foods with honey verses sugar. I don’t know why, but my body responds better to honey. I also want to say that storing honey is as easy as this article states. We have stored honey in our food storage for years and it is as good the last day as it is the first.
    Great Post!
    The doterramother

  5. I am a beekeeper also and certain types of honey granulate (crystalize) more rapidly than others. There is a difference between crystalized honey and creamed honey both of which if done correctly or naturally does not contain sugar. Our main source of honey where I live is from the blackberries that grow wild everywhere and this honey always crystalizes after a year or so. My father loved the honeyafter it crystalized and our granddaughter has learned how to open the 5 gallon bucket we store the excess honey in so she can get a “finger full” that always ends up with lots of finger imprints! The people in Europe do not feel the need to protect infants from honey like we do in this country but I do not know what the incidence of botulism for infants in those countries are.
    Please only buy local honey from beekeepers as there have been instances of honey from other countries such as China getting into blended honey that contained significant amounts of pestacides as well as other unwanted ingredients. Also some honey on store shelves contain sugar water or corn syrup.

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