Food Storage Essentials: How does honey compare to sugar?
The honey available in stores has water added to keep it runny.
Raw honey crystallizes, causing it to become hard. After purchasing, it is simple to transfer the honey to pint canning jars or old jam jars. Crystals can then be quickly melted either in the microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, stirred and heated briefly again as needed, or honey can be heated in a pan of water on low heat.
Care should be taken not to overheat honey that causes it to become very thick when it cools. If this accidentally happens, add a little water to thin it down. Once honey crystals are melted, honey stays fluid for a while.
Raw honey is more easily found in the spring and fall after bees have had time in warm weather to pollinate flowers and subsequently make honey.
Honey is definitely more expensive than sugar. It is easy to find sales on sugar, particularly at holidays.
Honey is sweeter than sugar, which makes it possible use less. Substitute approximately one-third less honey for sugar in bread recipes. When substituting honey for sugar in other recipes, reduce the liquid a little or, if there is no additional liquid in the recipe, add a little more flour to compensate for the viscosity of the honey. Cooks.com gives specifics on adjustments to be made.
Honey lasts for a very long time, but not indefinitely. Over time it will gradually darken and develop a stronger flavor and eventually turns black. Itís best to use it over time and replace it as it is used.
Sugar stores indefinitely, without the need to rotate it.
Black Blade: I store honey myself but it is just a preference on my part. I little Yerba Mate tea and a spoonful of honey late morning is one of my minor vices.