Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Have a Little Honey

HoneyWhenever I cook with honey I usually zap the honey bear bottle for a few seconds in the microwave to warm it up so it is less viscous and pours easily.

Also, if I need to measure the honey into a measuring cup or spoon I will--if possible--pour the honey into the same measuring cup I used to measure any oil the recipe calls for. This makes the honey slip right out because of the greasy non-stick surface. If I'm using a recipe that doesn't call for oil, I will often lightly grease the measuring cup or spoon with a shot of cooking oil spray. Works just as well.

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* Sopapillas with a Side of Honey by Homesick Texan
* Honey and Lemon Two-Pot Chicken by The Passionate Cook
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24 comments:

Jaycee said...

Now that is a good idea. Must remember it.

Mom2fur said...

I've done this, too. It really works!

G's Cottage said...

This also works for molasses and corn syrup. Just remember to remove the cap before zapping.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

Honey lemon two pot chicken sounds divine!

Here's a recipe I made recently for chicken and honey. It was tres yummy!

http://jellyjules.com/?p=610

CoachJ said...

great tips!! thanks

Magpie said...

I do the same with the oil/honey. Last week I was making granola, and I was down to the last of the honey and it was sort of icky and crystallized. I zapped it for too long and it was boiling! But it poured like a dream. Interestingly, I thought the honey flavor was more pronounced in that batch of granola than usual.

Islandsparrow said...

A great tip! I do the same for molasses.

ooh Baked Brie with honey and garlic! I'll have to check that out.

Joyful Days said...

Great tip. Reminds me that I could use some honey for my throat right now. Off to the kitchen...

cheeky said...

I LOVE honey. It was a staple in our home growing up.
Eeks, don't microwave though, it's bad news!
The brie recipe sounds delicious an yummy!

TeaMouse said...

That's a good tip - thanks for sharing!

Megan said...

Mama, you always have great recipes!! Mmmmmmm, pass the sopapillas, please.

Alexandra said...

Mmmm, honey! I have it with my oatmeal in the morning. Good tips...I do this, but every once in a while I'm not paying attention, and that honey bear leans a little to the side(melty!)after it comes out of the microwave.

Susan said...

I used the shot of cooking spray on measuring spoons too! Works like a charm.

kailani said...

I don't really cook with honey but I think I should start. I hear it's a lot more healthier for you.

Barbara H. said...

Great idea about spraying the measuring cup or spoon. I've zapped the honey bear bottle when the last bit of honey gets too crystallized, and that helps it liquefy again (maybe that should be my next WFMW tip!) Once I zapped it a little too long and the poor little bear's head leaned a little to the side ever after.

Ni Yachen said...

We love honey and use it almost exclusively for all our cooking. It is so much healthier and tastier than white sugar.

We use it so much we by our honey in bulk. But you have to pour it into smaller glass jars so you can heat it up easily, which works even when the honey has completely crystalized.

SusieJ said...

Great tip. Thanks. I use a lot of honey.

wheresmymind said...

Sorry..it's honay to me! :D

Oh, The Joys said...

Does microwaving the honey keep the crystalizing from happening?

kim said...

be careful not to melt the little bear.

Not that I've, uh, done that ...

... more than once ...

Jthemilker said...

Instead of storing honey in the cupboard, I leave the jar on my stove. So every time I cook it's warmed and doesn't get sugary.

sara - The Estrogen Files said...

Yup, I do the oil the measuring cup thing and the zap-o-honey, too. There's the honey factory just down the road from here!

What's NOT good is this: We like CREAMED Honey, which is just whipped with air in it (and it looks slightly like lard). Hubbers thought it was too thick and NUKED the jar! No more creamed honey. He never hears the end of the joking...

Homesick Texan said...

I had cheese with honey for the first time last year in Italy, and fell in love with the combination. Your brie with honey is a must try!

Belisi said...

I love adding honey to my tea. It also makes a great face mask!