Whilst the best way to eat raw honey is ‘raw’, it is also a perfect healthy option to replace sugar in the kitchen. Here are some great ways to use raw honey in cooking.
Honey in your Tea
A simple yet effective way is to replace the sugar in your tea with honey instead (remember not to have the tea too hot when using honey as to retain its health benefits). As honey is also sweeter than sugar, you don't have to use as much. The best replacement honey to retain that sugary taste you normally love would be Acacia honey due to its sweetness and minimal after taste. If you enjoy herbal teas or are looking to mix it up, using different honeys in your tea can really boost its natural flavours. Experiment with different honeys and see the tastes you prefer!
Baking with Raw Honey
We all know that baking can require ‘A LOT’ of sugar which isn't always ideal when you are trying to cut down. Honey is a great substitute for sugar in baking and following a few simple steps you can ensure your baking comes out just as good, if not better, with all the healthy added benefits. Changing the honey you use can also alter the taste, allowing for some new and delightful varieties. Look for the ‘replacing honey in baking’ infographic at the bottom of the page for more information.
Combine Raw Honey with Cheese
Honey and cheese make the perfect combination for a snack as they provide a great balance between sweet and savoury. The balance between this combination needs to be right however as honey is supposed to amplify the flavour of cheese, not overpower it.
Pair a strong honey with a strong cheese to complement each other.
Use a small amount of honey that creates a thin film on the cheese.
Use some other food to accompany the cheese and honey such as a baguette, grapes, olives or sun-dried tomatoes.
Raw Honey in Salad Dressings
Ready to take your salad to new levels of delicious? Dressing is the perfect way to add flavour to your salads as well as boosting their nutritional value.
Why not use the tried and tested salad dressing recipe below;
- ⅓ cup vinegar
- ¾ cup olive oil
- 1 crushed garlic
- 1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1 tablespoon raw sunflower honey
- Cayenne pepper or chilli flakes to taste (optional)
- Shake vigorously before use and leave at room temperature when storing for later.
- Honey is so versatile that can be used in a number of ways when cooking.
- It can be used as a glaze on meat, chicken or fish to add a beautiful brown tint with an added subtle sweetness.
- It can be used in marinades.
- It can be used as a topping on sweet dishes such as cakes, ice cream, crumbles and yoghurt.
- If you want to balance your flavours while cooking, it's a good idea to compliment your salty foods with something sweet. Honey is great for this as you only need a little to go a long way.
- Replace your cereals for sugar free ones and drizzle some honey over the top.