Substituting sugar for honey.
To substitute honey for granulated sugar, look at the sugar called for in the recipe and replace it with honey for up to half of the sugar required. Due to honey's high fructose content, it has a higher sweetening power than sugar, allowing less honey than sugar to be used to achieve the same desired sweetness.
- To avoid 'over-browning' baked goods - Reduce the oven temperature by 25°F to prevent 'over-browning.'
- When using any liquids in a recipe - Reduce the liquid by 1/4 cup and add a 1/2 tsp of baking soda for each cup of honey used.
The role of pollen in honey.
Bees make honey from the nectar of flowers and plants - not pollen. They bring back the pollen as a source of food for baby bees and it is infused into honey really accidentally, like during the process of removing honey from the hive. Sometimes beekeepers analyze pollen as a way to identify the floral or plant source. In any case, pollen in honey is very minimal and does not impact its nutritional value.
The expiration date of honey.
If honey is stored in sealed containers, it can be good for decades - even hundreds of years. That said, honey can be impacted during storage, leading to darkening of the honey, lack of aroma and can crystalize. Varying temperatures often cause the changes, so the honey industry typically recommends a shelf life of two years to ensure a fresh and flavorful experience.
Raw honey vs. processed honey.
“Raw” honey is generally defined as honey that has not been heated or filtered, although there is no official definition from the federal government. Often people feel that raw honey has a higher nutrition content or is simply better for you. The reason for this is that sometimes raw honey contains pollen grains, which are mostly removed when processed. For a detailed run down of honey definitions, we invite you to read "The Definition of Honey" by the National Honey Board.
Honey's nutritional information.
Nutrition Research & Information is a link to the nutritional composition of honey.
Babies under one-year of age should not eat honey.
Honey spores called clostridium botulinum may cause infant botulism, a rare but serious disease that affects the nervous system of young babies (under one year of age). These spores are common in the environment. However, the issue is that infants do not have the fully developed gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) of older children and adults.
Different looks and tastes of honey.
Welcome to the wonderful world of honey varietals. The differences are created by the flowers and plants bees visit to collect their nectar. The many, many options bees have and regions they come from provide us with an exciting range colors and flavors. Get to know bees of the world and set out on a flavor adventure!
Honey and allergies.
Science does not support claims that honey relieves allergies. For expert insight we invite you to visit the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.