Tips for cooking with honey.

There are no hard and fast rules to substituting honey and sugar in recipes, but these guidelines should help you quickly decide how much honey to use in a particular recipe instead of table or cane sugar.

In general, substituting honey for sugar seems to be a matter of taste. Some people use it cup for cup,  while others prefer 1/2 cup – 2/3 cup of honey per cup of white sugar. Reduce the amount of other liquids by 1/4 cup for every cup of honey used. Lower the oven temp about 25 degrees F to prevent over-browning and add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda for each cup of honey to your batter. Honey is naturally acidic and the baking soda tempers it.

Diabetics should keep in mind that honey does not reduce the calorie or carbohydrate content of the sugar recipe, and thus is not an acceptable sugar replacement for people on diabetic diets.

Substituting honey for other sweeteners

  • Molasses: To substitute molasses for honey, use exactly the same amount. The resulting flavor and color will be a bit darker and heavier. The reverse is true if you swap honey for molasses.
  • Corn Syrup: To substitute honey for corn syrup, use exactly the same amount, but reduce any other sweet ingredients, since honey has more sweetening power than corn syrup.
  • Dark Brown Sugar: Follow the equation for plain table sugar under General Recommendations, but also substitute a little molasses for a portion of the honey to retain the expected flavor. Brown sugar is just white sugar where the molasses have not been completely removed by refining. Brown sugar, on the other hand, attracts moisture, so it will keep baked goods from drying out so quickly. Also, brown sugar has some molasses in it, which adds moisture, and certainly changes the taste.

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Here is a great recipe for a seasonal Pumpkin Honey Bread.

Honey Bear went down to Georgia

Honey Bear went down to Georgia,

he was looking for some bees.

In a need for speed,

cos’ he had a queen to feed.

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A queen bee in her royal apartment.

10,000+ bees ready for the new hive

 

500,000 bees direct from Georgia

Farm friends enjoying the view

 

Farmer Nate ready to keep some bees

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Farmer Nate opened up a hive and he said: “I’ll start this show.”
And smoke flew from his fingertips as he fasten up his suit.
And as he sprayed the sugar across his bees they made a joyous buzz.
Then a band of ladies joined in and it sounded something like this.

Buzz buzz

When Farmer Nate finished, Tony said: “Well you’re pretty good ol’ son.
“But sit down in that chair, right there, and let me show you how its done.”

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Getting ready to introduce the bees to the new hive

The bees move in quickly

Already started unpacking

Another beautiful day on the farm...

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Bees in the hive, run boys, run.

Honey  in the house of the risin’ sun.

Chicken in the bread pan, pickin’ out dough.

“Granny, does your bee sting?”

“No, child, no.”

 

The Charlie Daniels Band – Devil Went Down to Georgia

 

Chicago Tribune – Honey Gifts

By Joe Gray Tribune Newspapers 10:02 a.m. CST, December 12, 2011

“Only 13 shopping days left, folks. But don’t fret. Here at the Stew, we’ve got ideas. For last-minute food gifts that will make your loved one or friend swoon, check out these 10 foodstuffs, all available from online purveyors.

Honey from Bron’s Bee Co.: I like to buy gifts of foods that I discovered in the last year.  The cinnamon honey from Bron’s was served as part of a cold spring farm dinner at Heritage Prairie Farms in Elburn. Just a drop of the smooth honey brings memories of a fun, festive dinner.  Linda Bergstrom”

Follow this link for the full article: Ten @ 10: Last-minute holiday gifts

 

Bees on Heritage Prairie Farm

Bees are such a blessing. What a joy it is to care for them. It’s how the whole thing got started–Heritage Prairie Farm was born out of love and commitment to bees. Don’t get me wrong, I do have my days as a keeper of the bees… Yesterday could have been one of them. Rainy, windy, very provoked bees (funny, how they don’t like you taking their honey!) and for those of you who don’t often wear a bee suit–when it gets wet and lays flat on your skin, you can feel the prick of a stinger. It doesn’t really “sting” you, but the bee gets her point across.

But instead of what could have been, the day was fabulous. I worked along side another beekeeper who graciously helped me out when I needed it. Together we worked about 25 hives; opening each hive and talking to the bees, admiring their productivity, and trying to gage the health of the queens.

It was delightful. Maybe it takes a special person to love bees or maybe we just become special loving them.

It is appropriate that bees are the beginning of this blog. I hope you will follow it and share in the stories about what fuels the passion for Heritage Prairie Farm.