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Honey is totally under appreciated and is a phenomenally healthy and tasty ingredient to use in baking and also crazy things like oh, face masks! Here is a little round up things I bet you didn’t know about honey! There are so many health benefits of raw honey!
- In its natural form, honey is a mixture of glucose and fructose (white sugar is sucrose).
- Honey contains many vitamins: B vitamins, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, nicotinci acid, pyridoxine and vitamin C.
- …And minerals; Potassium, Chlorine, Sulfur, Calcium, Sodium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Silican, Iron Manganese, Copper and several trace elements.
- Honey can be substituted for sugar in almost any recipe. Foods made with honey retain their moisture and freshness longer.
- Honey naturally has hydrogen peroxide in it, so it acts as an antibacterial (part of what makes it good for your face, so its helpful for scraps and burns too).
- It’s a natural cough suppressant. If I have a sore throat, I love to make echinacea tea with some honey.
When substituting honey for sugar, follow these general guidelines:
- substitute 3/4 cup of honey for one cup of sugar.
- reduce the total amount of other liquids in the recipe by 1/4 of a cup
- lower baking temp by 25 degree Fahrenheit to prevent burning or over-browning.
When buying honey go for local and raw, because it will help with any allergies you may have. HoneyPax is a great brand to try if you want to buy online.
But don’t give it to a baby under 1 year! It may cause botulism and baby’s underdeveloped immune systems can’t fight it off.
For more great recipes that use honey as a sweetener check out From Your Freezer To Your Family, Slow Cooker Freezer Recipes or my Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Baking Cookbook for Mama’s Who Don’t Know How to Bake.