We don’t filter or pasteurize our honey. This is because honey does not need to be pasteurized. There has been much talk about E coli bacteria lately, but honey is very acidic, which does not stimulate bacterial growth. Honey is also “hygroscopic”, which means it will absorb moisture. Honey will absorb the moisture from any bacteria that it contacts, which doesn’t allow the bacteria to survive. Honey is the purest food there is.
The quality at this temperature is still good, but any heating of the honey causes you to lose some of its quality. 160 degrees Fahrenheit or more is the temperature that most large honey packers heat their honey. They also quite often “filter” the honey. This will make it sparkling clean and give it a long shelf life, but the flavor is degraded.
Processed versus Local
There is nothing wrong with processed honey, but the taste of pure, unfiltered honey bought from a local beekeeper may surprise you with its quality and freshness.
If honey crystallizes, just put the jar in a pan of warm water. This will cause the honey to liquify again.
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Cooking with Honey
For best results, use recipes developed for using honey. When substituting honey for granulated sugar in recipes, begin by substituting honey for up to half of the sugar called for in recipe. With a little experimentation, honey can replace all the sugar in some recipes.
When baking with honey, remember the following:
- Reduce any liquid for by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for each cup of honey used.
- Reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees F to prevent over browning.
Because of its high fructose content, honey has a higher sweetening power than sugar. This means you can use less honey than sugar to achieve the desired sweetness.
When measuring honey, coat the measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray or vegetable oil before adding the honey. This way the honey will slide right out.
A 12 ounce jar of honey equals a standard measuring cup.