The honey most of us buy in the grocery store tastes great and is a good sweetener, but it is all pasteurized and most of the beneficial aspects have been negated. If it's clear, it has been heated and cooked. The best honey of all is raw honey since it retains all the healthful properties and tastes even better than the pasteurized version. Honey in Cooking:
You can use honey in cooking instead of sugar. Because it is sweeter than sugar, you need to use less. The first thing to consider when using honey to cook with is that it is judged to be twice (2 X) as sweet as sugar. Therefore, to get the same sweetness as sugar, use one half as much as you would of sugar. Honey is about 18% water. If you round that off to 20% you can easily figure that about 1/5th of the honey you add to your recipe is water. Therefore, you cut back on the moisture in your recipe by 20% (1/5th). Honey is hydroscopic (meaning it attracts water) so it is good for baking cakes as it keeps them moist for longer.Health Benefits:
Honey's unique composition makes it useful as an antimicrobial agent and antioxidant. Honey has long been recognized as a natural remedy and has been used as a medicine for thousands of years. It has antiseptic properties, can be very successfully used in wound management and can be used as a remedy for ailments from sore throats to burns and cuts.
- eBeeHoney.com also has a lot of information about raw honey.
- The National Honey Board has a wealth of recipes along with even more information.
- Really Raw Honey also has a bunch of recipes.
- Stakich, a Michigan company, is our favorite source with competitive prices and prompt shipping.