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Make Your Own Flavored Honey

By Edited Dec 22, 2013 2 6

There are different types of flavored honey. The natural kind is when the bees use a particular pollen source, like orange trees, to make their honey. But then you can also create other types of flavored honey by infusing regular honey with a flavoring agent. Flavored honey is a great gift and is easy to make.

You can use flavored honey as you would regular honey. It can be used on your breakfast biscuits or to sweeten your coffee or tea. One really popular way to use flavored honey is in honey straws.

The basic concept of each of these methods is to heat the honey and flavor together for a short time and then allow them to sit before straining out the large particles.

Ingredients

All recipes call for 1 cup of honey, flavoring, saucepan and an 8-ounce glass jar with lid.

Start by pouring the cup of honey into the saucepan. You can multiply these recipes if you need more. Heat the honey and the flavoring for 10 minutes on a low heat. Stir while heating. You don't want to boil or scorch the mixture, only heat it enough to release the flavor of the ingredient (between 100° and 120° F, or 38°-50° C). After heating and mixing allow the flavored honey to sit for 1 to 2 hours. The longer you let it sit, the stronger the flavor will be. Experiment to see how long you need, but 2 hours is recommended.

Suggested Flavorings

Mint
1/4 cup of chopped mint leaves

Citrus
1 tablespoon of the grated peel. This could be lemon, orange, grapefruit or other citrus fruit.

Ginger
1 tablespoon julienne ginger root.

Cinnamon
4 cinnamon sticks.

Fruit Flavors
You can add strawberries, blueberries, apples or just about any other fruit to the honey. Use 2 tablespoons of diced fruit.

Straining

Use a kitchen strainer for straining the honey. It will be easier to strain if you heat the honey again slightly to make it more runny. Other than the texture and looks, there is nothing wrong with leaving bits of the flavoring in the final product.

Pour the flavored honey into jars to give as gifts or use on your own.

Please leave a comment about what flavors you have tried. Or, sign up with Info Barrel and write an article about your creation.

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Comments

Nov 11, 2010 2:21am
askformore
Splendid article! I find it is a great idea to make flavored honey. For own usage, or to give away as 'home made gifts'.
Nov 11, 2010 6:09am
dpeach
If you had some really small glass jars you could make up gift baskets with 3 or 4 different flavors to give away.
Nov 15, 2010 6:05pm
freedomw
Thank you for writing this because I didn't know about flavoring honey. I also love what you wrote on your last paragraph. I'm going to copy you.
Nov 15, 2010 6:27pm
dpeach
You are welcome to it.

If you are interested in flavoring honey, you can make the honey straws that I mentioned in another article and drop the flavored stuff in there for variety.
Nov 17, 2010 8:21am
LoveSpaces
Thanks for your article - good to know - I never thought of this!
Nov 17, 2010 3:28pm
dpeach
If you buy a big jar of honey you can flavor it in 2 or 3 different ways and have some variety with your honey each time you use it.
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