A few weeks ago a friend surprised me with this bee-utiful selection of five savoury infused honeys from Hiveshare. It really made my day! After all, honey looks just like liquid sunshine and couldn’t we all use a little more sweetness in our lives right now?
It also inspired me to get “buzzy” in the kitchen to try them all out. So this month, rather than a menu, I have cooked up a collection – one recipe for each of the infused honeys. I hope you are equally inspired to try them. Of course, if you don’t have these infused honeys, you can substitute with regular raw honey.
Read on for more about the properties of pure, raw (unpasteurized), local honey and also about how you can have a share in your very own hive! Artisanal honey from Georgina, Ontario…no tricks, all treat! And if you are carving a pumpkin tonight, save the seeds for these Spiced Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. Any one of the infused honeys would work wonderfully here depending on which flavours you want to amp up!
Albeit natural, honey is a type of sugar. So as a nutritionist I don’t recommend you devour whole pots of the stuff. But what Winnie the Pooh would call “a small smackerel of honey” is truly a treat! So enjoy these recipes and share them with your family and friends! Sign up here to receive the recipes from the Hive Five Honey Menu. And hive five!
Hive Five Honey Menu
Chipotle Honey: Chipotle Shrimp & Avocado Salad (try this smoky honey also in chili or roasted veggies)
Habenero Honey: Habanero Jerk Chicken & Kale Salad (habanero honey adds a sweet & spicy kick to chicken wings and ribs as well)
Garlic Honey: Honey Garlic Tilapia with Steamed Bok Choy (garlic honey is also divine on meats or pepperoni pizza)
Smoke Honey: Sweet & Smoky Paprika Cabbage (this honey adds BBQ buzz to anything grilled and is also fab in chili)
Turmeric Honey: Golden Turmeric Honey Hot Chocolate (try turmeric honey also in tea, yogurt, in curries or even on roast salmon)
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Choose raw, unpasteurized honey as it contains natural yeasts, enzymes and traces of pollen from local flowers and trees. These add flavour, nutritional value and can even help desensitize allergic reactions. This is one of the reasons why consuming local honey is best. And quality honey is full of health-promoting anti-oxidants which prevent inflammation; the darker the honey the better.
Honey’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent salve for treating burns, wounds and other skin conditions. And it is effective in soothing sore throats and coughs (and way tastier than cough syrup)!
Because honey has antimicrobial properties, a low moisture content and high acidity, it has a very long shelf life even after opening. It will last far longer than you will! If it crystallizes, gently reheat it in a warm water bath, stirring, being sure not to get any water in it. Always store honey in glass and do not refrigerate it or it will crystallize faster.
When purchasing honey, quality is paramount. Although honey adulteration is illegal in most countries, it remains widespread. Imported honeys in Canada have been found to have been cut with cheap syrups made from corn, rice, beet and other sugars. With honey from Hiveshare, however, you get no tricks, all treat!
Meet Christopher Campbell (pictured at left), owner of Hiveshare. He started out ten years ago with one hive and now has 92, mostly in Georgina, Ontario. With Hiveshare, you purchase a quarter, half or whole hive and receive your share of the honey from that hive as it is harvested, usually in August. And hive owners are welcome to visit their hives annually for an educational tour when Chris inspects them.
Since Hallowe’en is almost over and it is fair game to mention the holiday gift season, I can’t think of a better gift for your family or foodie friends than a share in their very own beehive! Or buy yourself a share and gift some of your bounty! You can also purchase Hiveshare products on his online shop, both edible (chocolate honey, anyone?) or non-edible (lotion bar, beeswax candles, wood conditioner for your cutting boards and even paw wax for Fido).
Cooking your own food is the single most impactful step you can take to improve your health and energy!
I hope you enjoy the recipes in my Hive Five Honey Menu. Sign up here to receive the download link for this latest Menu of the Month. And if you want to cook more of your own food but don’t know what to make or have the time to organize your own menus and shopping lists, The Nutritional Reset offers a meal planning service. It makes preparing tasty, nutritious meals a snap. Click here to find out more.