Pure honey, besides being a sweetener, has healthy benefits sugar does not. It is packed with sweetness, meaning you can use less honey than sugar in a recipe for the same sweet result. But it’s important to store the RIGHT kind of honey in your storage to gain all of the benefits honey has to offer.
HOW TO STORE THE BEST HONEY FOR YOUR FAMILY
Honey comes in different varieties (flavors) from the light colored and mild tasting clover to the dark, almost molasses tasting buckwheat. The darker the color of the honey the more vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants it has. Honey is great for cooking and spreading on bread. Some companies have started watering down their honey with corn syrup, so make sure you read the label to make sure it is pure honey.
Storage life: indefinite, but may crystalize over time
Best Place to Purchase: Did you know LDS Home Storage Centers are carrying honey now? It’s true and it is AWESOME! Unfortunately, it isn’t available for purchase online so next time you’re driving past an LDS Home Storage Center be sure to drop in and pick up some incredibly priced honey. If you don’t live near a LDS Home Storage Center any big box stores where you can purchase in bulk will do (Costco, Winco, Sam’s Club, etc.).
Or you can consider adopting a hive! It’s true, most of us can’t have our own hive in our backyard but that doesn’t mean we can’t have all the benefits of owning a hive. Cox’s Honey is currently making a concentrated effort to preserve the pesticide-threatened hives, bees and honey for our future generations through it’s unique and innovative Beehive Adoption program. Choose a level of adoption and reap all of the rewards of having your own beehive–including a certificate of adoption and honey right to your door from your very own bees!
Honey powder or crystals, costs half the price of real honey. WHICH sounds like a great deal doesn’t it? The problem is it’s not just honey; it’s more like honey flavored sugar. That’s right; its number one ingredient is cane sugar, corn syrup, or refinery syrup (a fancy name for corn syrup). Food storage companies are pulling the same trick as other honey manufacturers and adding in sugar to help reduce the cost. If you want honey, stick with the real stuff.
Hint: honey stored in metal cans turns black, tastes bad, and ruins the can.
BONUS INFORMATION: HOW TO CREAM OR WHIP YOUR OWN HONEY
You may be familiar with creamed or whipped honey; it is delicious and easy to spread. We love it on toast as a great alternative to butter (it tastes slightly like honey butter) and especially as an alternative the the popular food storage honey butter recipe that calls for a lot of sugar along with just a little honey! But did you know that this process of whipping, also known as spinning honey, prevents (under normal conditions) the honey from crystalizing? It does which will prolong the storage life of your honey.
It is so easy to do yourself. Using a heavy duty mixer with whip attachment, simply fill the bowl 3/4 full of liquid honey and add one heaping tablespoon of commercially spun honey. Turn the mixer onto low until the spun honey is incorporated, they up one speed and continue for 10-12 minutes. Pour, or scoop honey into clean jars or plastic containers with tight fitting lids. Store spun honey in refrigerator for two weeks to allow “setting” to take place. Then eat or store at room temperature.
BECOME A FOOD STORAGE PRO-THE EASY WAY!
Look—we get it, the world of food storage can be a confusing place not many people want to visit, but we’re changing all of that with our food storage best-seller books Store This, Not That! The ultimate food storage guide and I Can’t Believe It’s Food Storage: A step-by-step program for using food storage in your own recipes. Think of them as the Cliff notes for food storage. You know, just go straight to what works, and forget everything else. We’ll help you quickly decipher what you should and should not be storing, share with you space saving tricks and insider information to save you $1,000s of dollars when buying your food storage, and in the end, how to make something your family would actually eat! Grab your copy today at Amazon.com or Deseret Book.