We all know that honey is terrific in tea and on toast. But did you also know that it is a super baking ingredient that is both wholesome and natural. Below you will find Honey Recipes for bread, desserts, drinks, meats, sauces, and vegetables. Pure honey is used in many beauty treatments as well as facials and hair conditioners. Don't forget to check out the numerous Honey Beauty Treatments and Cooking with Honey Tips!
Cooking with Honey Tips
Honey is the perfect ingredient for your recipes! It contains vitamins and antioxidants, but is fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free!
Because of its high sugar content, honey has a higher sweetening power than granulated sugar. This means you can use less honey than sugar to achieve the desired sweetness.
When measuring honey, coat the measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray or vegetable oil before adding the honey. The honey will slide right out. (This works GREAT, we do this all the time when cooking with honey!)
A 12-ounce jar of honey equals a standard measuring cup.
When baking with honey, remember the following:
- Reduce any liquid called for by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey use
- Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for each cup of honey used
- Reduce oven temperature by 25° F to prevent over-browning
Storing honey at room temperature on your kitchen counter or pantry shelf is ideal. Honey taken from fully capped frames from the beehive will not spoil so there is no need to refrigerate it. In fact, honey was found in King Tut's tomb and eaten in the 1900's so it would appear your kitchen shelf is "safe"!
Crystallization is the natural process in which liquid in honey becomes solid. If your honey crystallizes, simply place the honey jar in warm water and stir until the crystals dissolve. Another method to rectify crystallized honey is to place the honey in a microwave-safe container with the lid off. Microwave it, stirring every 10-15 seconds for a honey bear and 30 seconds for a 1 lb. container and Hex Jar, until the crystals dissolve. Be careful not to boil or scorch the honey -- who wants to eat burnt honey? Keep an eye on your container in the microwave!
One Word of Caution
Honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age. Honey is a safe and wholesome food for children and adults. Little ones do not have a fully developed immune system and will not derive the health benefits listed above as adults and older children receive.