Herb infused honey is not only a delicious treat but a nourishing one, too! It’s easy to make and even easier to use to get extra herbs into the body in times of need.
All you need is herbs, honey, a jar, and time to make this incredibly versatile culinary and medicinal concotion.
Start with Flavorful, Dried Herbs
Use good quality dried herbs. Things that still smell fragrant and taste good. Don’t use anything old, discolored or lacking in flavor.
While there really is no limit, consider starting with these:
- Lemon Balm / Lemon Verbena
- Mint (any of the mints)
- Red Clover
All the flavor comes from the herbs, so it’s important again to use the best quality and homegrown, home dried is always a great place to start.
Use Light, but Flavorful Honey
Those darker, super flavorful varietal honeys are delicious but their natural flavors may overpower the herbs. Use a honey that is lighter in color and sweet but not overpowering in any other flavor.
Warm, if Necessary
If the honey is particularly thick or crystallized, you can decrystallize honey by warming it up in a double boiler until thin before pouring over the herbs. Don’t boil the honey as it will kill beneficial enzymes, just simmer it.
Likewise, heat the honey if you decide to strain the herbs from it later. It’s much easier that way.
Hands Off Time
Making infused honey takes time but it hands off time. Do just let it sit after the initial stir for optimal flavor. It will do its thing mostly without your help.
Store & Label
After the honey has infused, you can strain it if desired. Leaving the bits of herbs in will be fine but maybe not palatable. Do what works best for you and the intended use.
Do label the honey before storage. It’s hard to tell apple mint infused honey from chocolate mint honey as an example.
Store in a dark cabinet and use up within 1 year.
Ways to Use Infused Honey
Obviously, use a teaspoon or so to sweeten and flavor drinks like tea. Increase the healing qualities of herbal tea but adding more herbal honey.
Use herbal honey in any culinary recipe calling for plain honey for increased flavor. Use lemon balm honey in a cake, or a spoonful of oregano honey in tomato sauce as examples.
Substitute herbal honey for plain honey in homemade cordials.
Use the herbal honey to flavor homemade lip balm.
Include herbal honey in salves and balms for extra soothing powers. lavender honey might be excellent in a burn salve for example.
Herbal honeys make for ideal gifts. Simply put them in pretty jars with a label as a way to share homegrown herbs with loved ones in a very sweet package.
- 1/2 Cup Dried Herbs, of Choice
- 1 Cup Honey
- Put dried herbs into bottom of clean wide-mouthed jar.
- Pour honey over top of herbs.
- Mix everything together well, making sure to remove any air bubbles.
- Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid and place in a sunny window.
- Let sit for approximately 1 month to infuse. Turn the jar over now and then to mix everything together - make sure the lid is tight so nothing spills.
- After 1 month, strain the herbs from the honey, if desired.
- Store in a dark cabinet and use up within 1 year.
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Serving Size:1 Tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 0g
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