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Monday, August 25, 2014

Some Facts You Must Know About... HONEY




1. Honey is hygroscopic; it readily accumulates moisture from the air.  This is why the honeybees seal the honeycombs with wax.  This property makes honey a great sweetener for your fruit salads and compotes.  The honey will draw moisture from the fruit to make the salad juicy.  Baked goods made with honey will stay moist longer also due to its hygroscopic nature.

2. Honey has cryoprotective properties.  This means that using honey can help protect the cells of frozen items.  So when freezing berries or other foods, honey is a great sweetener to use.

3. Unlike sugar, honey contains water so you may need to reduce the liquid levels in a recipe.  For 1 cup of honey, try reducing the overall liquid level in the recipe by ¼ cup.



4. Honey is acidic.  This makes it a perfect ingredient in your marinades as the acid can tenderize.  If you want to neutralize the acid in baking, you can add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda per cup of honey.  This acidic nature (3.4 - 6.1 ph) also makes honey self-preserving.  Honey does not need to be refrigerated.

5. Baked goods made with honey tend to brown more readily than those made of sugar, you may want to try reducing the oven temperature by 25 degrees when baking with honey.  

6. There are about 300 different varieties of honey in the US.  Their flavors and colors can vary greatly.  Choose a light colored honey when you want a little honey flavor and choose a dark colored honey when you desire a stronger honey taste. 





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