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Tips for Cooking with Honey

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You probably haven’t had a conversation about honey lately, have you? Let’s remedy that real quick! Not only is pure honey a fantastic natural product with great benefits for the skin, sore throats, etc., it’s pretty delicious too! And did you know you could substitute honey for granulated sugar in recipes? It’s true! A few tips on cooking with honey:

  • Begin by substituting honey for up to half of the sugar called for in a recipe.
  • If baking, make sure to reduce the oven temperature by 25° to prevent over-browning.
  • Reduce any liquid called for by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used and add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for each cup of honey used.
  • Because of its high fructose content, honey has a high sweetening power, more so than sugar. This means you can use less honey than sugar to achieve the desired sweetness!
  • Honey will enhance the natural flavor of fresh fruits and also helps to prevent darkening.  
  • It is natural for honey to granulate over time. You may use as is, or re-liquify by heating on low in an appropriate container. (Ex. Place your jar or bottle in a container of warm water to reheat the honey.)

And a few bee facts, just in case you’re ever involved in a rousing trivia game full of bee-related questions (because that’s super likely):

cooking with honey bee facts


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Harper Campbell

Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

Baking is one of my favorite hobbies, and I am always looking for new ways to improve or enhance it to the best of my abilities. It's interesting to learn that I can use honey instead of sugar, and all I need to do is use of half of what it calls for sugar. This is something that I am going to have to remember the next time I am making cookies or something.

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