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Raw honey is a real mainstay sweetener in today’s kitchen for a variety of reasons. It’s delicious, nutritious, available from local sources and more accessible in the marketplace. Based on conversations with our retail customers.

we’ve come up with these top five ways people use honey:

1. Tea and coffee

Tea and honey have long been endeared as the eternal ‘couple.’ Add coffee to the list! Many coffee drinkers are now asking for honey to sweeten their mugs.

2. Breads

Fresh bread, toast, English muffins, cornbread. Smooth it on directly, or pre-blend the honey and butter together. Honey butter is an excellent addition to special-occasion table settings (you might want to add a little cinnamon or vanilla flavoring!). Start with a 1:1 ratio of honey and softened butter; mix by hand or with a beater; adjust to taste.

3. Cereal

Hot cereal, cold cereal, granola…why stop there for breakfast! Honey is a great addition to pancakes, waffles, yogurt, fruit and smoothies.

4. Baking

Families are finding ways to incorporate raw honey in food preparation. A recipe calling for sugar needs some tweaking to replace the sweetener with honey, but it’s worth the effort to experiment when you have a great recipe. Here are some general rules:
start with less honey than sugar (try ½ to ¾ of the amount of sugar called for), or replace only part of the sugar with honey
for each cup of honey used, reduce other liquids by about ¼ cup, and add about ½ teaspoon baking soda
reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent over-browning

5. Toppings

It doesn’t take much to dress up ice cream, cheese-and-cracker appetizers, baked apples or fruit compote. In fact, skip frosting on your next cake, and drizzle a little honey on top, or dollop some nice whipped honey on it before serving. For a super easy dessert, top off a teaspoon with your favorite honey – a quick way to solve that sweet craving!!

What’s your favorite way to use honey?