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.