Of course we all know that honey comes from the hard work of bees from all over the world, but how much do we really know about honey itself? Well to begin with, natural honey is far more than just some simple sugar made by nature, in fact it’s a lot more than just that. It is filled with both nutrients and minerals and it also contains antibiotic properties that can help with our healing process. Honey has actually been used by man for thousands of years and ancient man knew that it was capable of giving our bodies energy and keeping it healthy. Here are the basic nutritional facts about honey:
One Tablespoon of Delicious Honey Contains the Following:
• 64 calories
• 0 grams fat
• 0 grams trans fat
• 0 mg cholesterol
• 1 mg sodium
• 0 mg potassium
• 17 grams carbohydrates
• 16 grams sugar
• No fiber
Honey is considered a super saturated sugar that is predominantly fructose and glucose. Along with carbs it also has some small amounts of protein, enzymes, some minerals as well as vitamins. It has antioxidants that include some of the following; catalase, flavonoids, alkaloids as well as some ascorbic acid. It also has 18 different kinds of amino acids included in it.
There are different varieties of honey and each variety has it’s own characteristics that help make each kind of honey very unique. The main ones you will find in honey would be color, it’s granulation, the moisture and it’s sugar levels. You will find that honey will always be graded by a number system. The lower the number will indicate the lighter the color and the higher number indicates a darker colored honey. The granulation of honey is also numbered to rate the honey at what point it starts to crystallize.
Raw honey is honey that hasn’t been filtered. When honey is heated up and filtered the liquid in the honey will last longer whereas the non-filtered raw honey will crystallize a lot faster. A lot of people think raw honey is a lot better for you than the processed, however, in the end, it’s all good for you processed or raw.
Honey can be used for a variety of different things from skin care to a delicious sweetener for coffee, tea, cereal, breads and more. This is why it can be a gourmet delight for a lot of people.
One truly amazing thing about honey is that if you store it properly it will NEVER spoil. Can you believe that a jar of honey was found in an ancient tomb in Egypt and they found it to be just as good as freshly made honey! That means that jar of honey was thousands of years old and still edible! You just need to keep it very tightly sealed between uses and you’ll never have to worry about it going bad.
Substitute Your Sugar With Honey in Recipes
You can easily substitute your sugar by using honey instead in any of your recipes. Just replace a cup of sugar with a ¾ cup of honey and then simply put in ¼ cup less of any liquid that was in the recipe and your recipe will turn out just as sweet and a lot healthier. If you are cooking jams and jellies you’ll have to cook the honey at a higher temperature than you would the sugar and you’ll have to beat candy longer if using honey instead of sugar.
Here’s Some Tips for Baking With Honey
- If you are baking with honey instead of sugar it’s a good idea to lower the temperature 25 to 30 degrees to avoid over browning your baked goods.
- So the honey won’t stick to your measuring cup or spoon just take some vegetable oil and coat it first, then the it won’t stick.
- It’s best to store your honey for baking in a container with a tight lid at room temperature and not in your refrigerator.
- If the honey does start to granulate that’s an easy fix, just put the jar of honey in some hot water and that will solve the problem easily.
Note: If your honey starts to crystallize, don’t blame the honey it’s more than likely the fault of how you stored it. If you store honey above 60° F it more than likely will crystallize. So, it’s wise to keep in a dry and cool place.