Honey can be used for a lot more than just pouring over a piece of toast or in a cup of tea. You can also use it to enhance or even replace sugar in many recipes. Honey can even be used as an ingrediant in health and beauty aids. However, honey is not recommend as a food for infants less than a year old.

Some general guidelines for using honey to replace granulated white sugar are:

  • substitute 2/3 to 3/4 cup of honey per cup of sugar.
  • reduce oven temperature by 25°F to prevent over- browning of baked goods.
  • for easy removal, spray measuring cup with vegetable oil.
  • reduce the amount of liquid by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey.

Honey Facts:
Honey is an invert sugar; 38% fructose, 31% glucose, 1%sucrose, and 9% other sugars.
Honey absorbs and retains moisture, which discourages baked goods from drying out and becoming stale.
Honey has higher sweetening power than sugar and less of an effect on blood glucose and insulin levels, because of its high frutose content.
Honey is an ideal moisturizer, because of its high moisture content.

Storage of honey is typically done at room temperature, refrigeration increases the rate of crystallization. If it crystallizes, remove the lid from the jar and place the jar in warm water until the crystals dissolve. It is possible to microwave the honey in a microwave safe container at HIGH for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds to dissolve the crystals. Be careful not to boil or scorch the honey.

Honey Moisturizer

Honey-Dill Coleslaw

Honey Cranberry Sauce

 

Honey Moisturizer

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix the honey, vegetable oil and lemon juice. Rub the mixture onto anywhere that feels dry. Let it set for 10 minutes and then rinse off.

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Honey-Dill Coleslaw

1/4 cup honey

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

1 package (16 oz.) coleslaw mix

1/4 cup thin sliced onion

salt & pepper to taste

Combine honey, sour cream & dill in one bowl. In another larger bowl combine coleslaw mix, onion and sour cream mixture. Season with salt & pepper. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

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Honey Cranberry Sauce

1 pound bag of fresh cranberries

2 cups honey

1/2 an orange, thinly sliced

Zest of 1 lemon

Pour cranberries and 1 & 1/2 cups of honey into a large microwave-safe dish. Microwave for 5 minutes on HIGH. Stir and add the zest of lemon, and 1/2 cup of honey. Microwave for 3-5 mintues. Stir and add the orange slices. Microwave for 2-3 minutes. All the cranberries should be soft, if not microwave for another 2-5 minutes or until the cranberries are soft.

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