Blackman Bee Farm – Hove
So, our honey comes from Blackman Bee Farm where Mickelmus has extended his hives from just his back garden in Hove to all over the city and working with farms in the Sussex region. Honey is a hard-working ingredient to keep as your cupboard staple and here are just a few ways to use it…
So many uses for raw honey…
Raw honey is not heat-treated and retains all the natural enzymes, antioxidants and antibacterial properties. Manuka is the most widely recognised honey to have proven medicinal effects. However, the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine ran tests on ranges of honeys and found that a local Scottish honey was effective at killing MRSA microbes and some other pathogens. Traditional medicine has long used fresh raw honey for its wound healing properties for small minor cuts and burns.
Honey has been as a staple in home remedies for centuries. It’s recommended as a natural anti-bacterial face wash instead of soap and a shampoo to help ease dandruff – although these remedies sound a bit sticky, we’re fans of ditching sudsy shampoos so will keep you posted as to how this works – here’s the recipe.
Honey is reputed to soothe 2am wakefulness when adrenaline spikes and leaves you wide-eyed in the small hours. Apparently, a teaspoonful of lightly salted honey helps you fall asleep again quickly, the premise being that these dampen the cortisol that produces the adrenaline that is keeping you awake.
Apparently, a small amount of raw local honey can help ease allergy symptoms from pollen. This works on the homeopathic basis that a little honey containing the local pollen that causes the allergies, will build up your immunity.
Muir’s father, always relied on a Victorian cough syrup remedy passed down from his mother (which regulars to our newsletter will know that Muir loves and repeats every year!) – It sounds awful but tastes amazing and really does work without resorting to chemical cough soothers for these mid-season colds..
Basically, chop an onion into small pieces and mix with honey. Put in a small bowl and cover and leave in cool place for a couple of hours. The sugars draw out the allantoin (soothing elements and anti-viral properties) of the onion and a syrup develops in the bottom of the bowl. Just scoop up a spoonful and take as needed. Make a fresh batch each day for the cough sufferer as it doesn’t keep. No chemicals necessary here but have to mention that you shouldn’t give raw honey to a baby under a year old.
Another cough remedy using honey, ginger and chamomile is here in the blog from Wellness Mama. It does sound delicious and ginger is a fabulous expectorant for chesty coughs.
Honey is still a sugar so should be used in wise quantities – however, it is way better to use a natural sweetener than refined sugar so if you are substituting then here are some tips to help you:
- When using honey, start out with 1/2 of the amount of sugar. So if a recipe calls for 200g of sugar, substitute it with 100g of raw honey.
- When measuring honey, coat your measuring cup with olive oil to allow your honey to smoothly and quickly come out of the measuring cup with no mess.
- Reduce temperature slightly to prevent over-browning if replacing sugar with honey.
- For every 1 cup of honey replaced in a recipe, reduce the liquid amount (milk, water or other liquids)in recipe by 1/4 cup or metric equivalent.
- For each cup of honey used in a recipe, add 1/2 tsp of baking powder.
- If you need your honey to be runny or in a more liquid state, it is ok to melt your honey on the stove top using a very low heat. Be sure to heat it as little as possible, just until it is melted.
Honey Dip with Fresh Fruit
You can make this in five minutes flat and it’s a great dessert for kids’ parties or grown-up ones, for that matter…
• 500ml natural creamy yogurt
• 75g chopped almonds
• Half tablespoon raw honey
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Chill it and serve with fresh cut-up assorted fruits such as strawberries, red and green apple slices, pears, melon and grapes.
We are also rather taken with this idea from Canadian Living where the melon is cut with a biscuit cutter to make little star shapes.