Many years ago my real man and I both had bad colds so I made us a honey and lemon drink and it was so delicious we have had it as our morning tipple ever since. I don’t imagine it is doing us any particular good other than it makes us happy as I think the hot water destroys any health benefits. Anyhoo for this reason we get through An Awful Lot of Honey – maybe 3 small jars a week – and as there is always a lot of it about I use it in many other ways too.
This is not about “leftover honey” because that just doesn’t happen; apparently honey keeps forever although I would recommend keeping it cool and dark! (Too cool and it may crystallise in which case just stand the jar in a pan of warm water and stir a bit till it clears again.) This being the case anyone that puts a best before date on it is just having a laugh. This post concerns honey you don’t quite know what to do with or if you have too much - see the bottom of this post for a picture of when I had too much honey behind the wardrobe!
15 things to do with Not Leftover Honey
~ Use instead of sugar for casual sweetening! What I mean is don’t replace sugar with honey in baking or other precise recipes as they are different consistency, sweetness etc., honey being somewhat sweeter.
~ To use every bit of honey rinse out the jar with hot water, add a squeeze of lemon and enjoy the hot drink mentioned above.
~ Drizzle over Greek yogurt, add almonds or walnut, sugared walnuts (recipe here) are delicious in this.
~ Drizzle over ice cream – vanilla ice cream sprinkled with salted peanuts with a trail of honey snaking over it is deliciously different.
~ Stir a little honey into freshly cooked carrots together with a knob of butter and shake to glaze.
~ Honey plus a little whole grain mustard stirred into mayonnaise makes a great accompaniment to salads or spread in a ham sandwich.
~ Toss a little in with butternut squash and red onion (recipe here) when roasting. Not too much mind or the whole thing with caramelise before it is cooked.
~ If you have just a spoonful of honey left in the jar add 6 spoonfuls of olive oil, 3 of lemon juice, salt and pepper and shake to form a great salad dressing.
~ Brush a little warm honey gently over freshly baked cake, bread pudding and the like to glaze.
~ Honeyed Blue Cheese on Toast - this works very well with Brie too.
~ Stir a little into fruit salads.
~ A spoonful over porridge might help it go down! I don’t really like porridge yet I instinctively feel that it should be served with light brown sugar, clotted cream and Drambuie, although I've never tried it!
~ Stir together with a knob of butter till melted and hot and serve with pancakes.
~ If you don’t want to eat the honey use it as a face mask – smooth onto warm skin, leave 15-20 minutes, wash off with warm water and then splash your face with cold water to close pores.
~ If you find yourself in possession of quite a lot of honey, and if summer ever arrives, then make this simple ice cream.
Honey Ice Cream
500 ml double cream
200 g condensed milk
200 g runny honey at room temperature
~ Whip the cream till thick.
~ Fold in the condensed milk.
~ Fold in the honey.
Too Much Honey Behind the Wardrobe!
Speaking of honey look what I found behind built in wardrobes in
Tortola once, after a couple of months
away. I knew something was up as soon as
I unlocked the door; the place was buzzing!