Heavenly Honey

Herb Infused Honey.

Have you ever opened different jars of honey and experienced a honey-tasting? Honeys can vary in taste and appearance, just as much as wines. The flavor and color is derived from the nectar bees collect. Bees collect nectar from flowers grown in specific parts of the world–so it tastes slightly different in every region. A few popular honeys in the U.S. are clover, tupelo, orange blossom, alfalfa, and buckwheat…although there are many more varieties available.

What the bees do with the nectar to produce honey is nothing short of a miracle…

The bees pass the nectar from one to another, then chew it. The enzymes in their tummies breaks down the nectar into simple sugars. Then they spread it out and fan it with their wings to thicken it. What an amazing production from such unassuming little creatures!

It’s marvelous to have numerous nature-made honeys at your fingertips. Certain honeys work wonders in flavoring baked goods and dishes. But if you don’t have access to different kinds, you can flavor your own! This is a kitchen trick I learned a long time ago and have recently started practicing again. Give your honey the essence of any herb (or edible flower) you choose! The flavors of the honey and the herbs will come together for a delicate waltz of sweet floral and earthy tones. You can then use your herbed-honey for baking, dressings, sauces, beverages, or simply drizzled over warm bread!

Sommer

Herb Infused Honey

1- 12-16 oz. jar of local honey
¼ cup fresh chopped herbs, any variety (2 Tb. dried)

I usually use clover honey, because it has a mild flavor that won’t compete with the herbs! I started with making sage honey, because you can actually find bee-made sage honey in some places…but not where I live. My sage honey will have a stronger flavor than the natural variety.

Place the open jar in a small sauce pan with 1-2 inches of water. Heat the water until the honey is warm and very runny.

Carefully remove the jar and place the herbs in the top.

Screw the lid back on and shake. Place the jar in a sunny window and allow it to sit for 1-5 days.

Reheat the jar, so the honey is very watery, then strain out the herbs. Keep the infused honey in a cool, dark place.

Other herbs that work well are lavender, rosemary, thyme, hibiscus and dill.

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42 Responses to “Heavenly Honey”

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    Val — July 12, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    I love this idea of flavouring your own honey. I'm aware of the huge variety of honey out there I just never thought of making my own variety. Lovely idea that I'll definitely try out.

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    Ruby — July 12, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    Wow – I've been dreaming of lavender honey lately, can't find it anywhere and never would have thought to make it myself! I'm now going out to the garden, where the a small bunch of lavender has managed to survive my children, and try this out – thanks!

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    Chocolate Freckles — July 12, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    Lovely! Can you really taste the herbs or is it just a mild flavour?

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    Cherine — July 12, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    I love honey!! Wonderful idea!

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    Jennifurla — July 12, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

    Cool, this would really make a great gift too!

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — July 12, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    Chocolate freckles~

    The herb flavor intensifies the longer you let it sit! For mildly flavored honey, just wait just a day or two. For heavily flavored honey wait about a week!

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    Sanura — July 12, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

    My "to do" list included looking for recipes using sage, because I have so much of it growing in a pot. This is a sweet idea, and it would be lovely to open a jar of sage honey in the middle of winter.

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    wannafoodie — July 12, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    What a beautiful photo… I am already thinking of the hostess gifts and stockings that I can use this for. I have an abundance of golden sage in my herb garden, so I think this might have to be one of the many attempts to use it.

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    Belinda @zomppa — July 12, 2010 @ 3:10 pm

    What a fabulous idea!! Brilliant. Great for gifts.

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    Drick — July 12, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    wos, never thought of doing this, amazing…love it…

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    girlichef — July 12, 2010 @ 3:38 pm

    I love this post!! I am mid-process of making Rosemary Honey and was planning on posting in the next couple of weeks (great minds…)!! I love the sage…and I adore it with lavender, too. Delicious post =) I'd love it if you'd link it up with Two for Tuesdays tomorrow…what a great fit!

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    Cinnamon-Girl — July 12, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

    Honey is one of my true loves! What a fantastic idea to infuse your own flavors into it. I have tons of fresh herbs right in my backyard – I know what I'm going to be doing this afternoon!

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    baking.serendipity — July 12, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

    How simple and delicious! I love the cute little jar it's in as well :)

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    es65 — July 12, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

    It amazes me how honey is made. Very cool…

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    laura — July 12, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

    Beautiful idea, Sommer – I will have to try this with cheese and wine and experiment with our extra garden herbs. ( :

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    Jason Phelps — July 12, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

    Most excellent. I just made honey syrup for cocktails the other night. With my vodka and sugar syrup infusions going on now this is a nice idea to queue up right behind it.

    Jason

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    julie — July 13, 2010 @ 1:24 am

    Yummo! I love honey already, but adding an herb flavoring to it just takes it up a notch. Beautiful pictures as well!

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    Magic of Spice — July 13, 2010 @ 1:49 am

    How perfect this is…I have infused almost everything, but never honey. I am so excited and will have to try this. Looks so beautiful:)

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    Kristen — July 13, 2010 @ 2:38 am

    This is a fabulous idea. Do you think it would work with orange or lemon rinds?

    Did you know that eating local honey is supposed to help allergies. The thinking behind it is that the pollen you are allergic to is in the honey, so your body gets used to it. Sounds good to me, even if it isn't totally true….It's just another reason to buy local.

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    Juliana — July 13, 2010 @ 2:53 am

    Wow, what a great idea…will definitely have to try to infuse with some of the fresh herbs…the pictures are awesome :-)

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    zlamushka — July 13, 2010 @ 3:40 am

    What a fantastic idea. I will defnitely make this at home. have bookmarked, loved it :-)

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    everchangingplate — July 13, 2010 @ 3:43 am

    rosemary honey, here i come! great idea!

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    Stephanie — July 13, 2010 @ 4:40 am

    What a great idea!! Thank you so much for sharing this. Can't wait to do this with lavender. Wonder how Rosemary would taste?

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    Tami — July 13, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

    I think I want to try lavender honey too!
    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sommer!

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    A SPICY PERSPECTIVE — July 13, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

    Kristin~

    This would work GREAT with citrus rinds! Good idea!

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    Claudia — July 13, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

    I already know I want to do this with lavender honey… and then with sage and thyme – and oh my – this is so sweet… love it!

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    Nirmala — July 13, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

    I heart honey. I get the BEST my honey from a family friend, where I grew up. I place an "order" through my dad when I get low, and picks it up. They don't charge me anything, even though I insist on paying. Small town life. You can't get it at a store.

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    sweetlife — July 13, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

    oh i love love this I am always buying local honey and have TONS of it, I would love to add lavender to mine, yummy but sage with savory treat hello mama… I am so glad you loved your treats, I wanted to send ya just a little bit of Texas…oh and thanks for adding me to you blogs I love..I just started mine, but you will surely be on mine, HUGS!!
    sweetlife

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    Pacheco Patty — July 14, 2010 @ 12:04 am

    What a delicious idea and a way for me to use some of my sage which is taking over the herb garden, thanks!

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    Foodessa — July 14, 2010 @ 12:36 am

    I love this great idea…I would probably try to flavour it with hibiscus.

    We have a honey producer not too far from here where once per year I go have fun with some taste testings ;o)

    Very informational post…thank you,
    Claudia

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    Biren — July 14, 2010 @ 3:12 am

    That is so cool! What a great idea to flavor your own honey. Thanks for sharing.

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    Devaki — July 14, 2010 @ 3:15 am

    Dearie this is simply marvelous! I think I will make these for the holidays – thanks to you! I can't think of a more healthful gift to share with friends.

    As always, you continue to inspire….and your pics are getting better by the minute!

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    denise @ quickies on the dinner table — July 14, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    A wonderful idea! If only I had lavender growing outside! Or if I could at least buy it fresh! *sigh*

    Love the photography!

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    Chef Dennis — July 14, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    what a great idea!! Honey is so good for you too! thanks for sharing! Sometimes the simplest things are truly incredible!

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    Lori Lynn — July 14, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

    Terrific idea. Thanks for explaining the process. I have lots of lavender in my garden, can't wait to try this!
    LL

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    Stella — July 14, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

    Hey Sommer, this is so neat! I never would have thought it was so easy. Next time I go to one of the apiaries around here, I might try this…
    Ooh, did you read recently about why they think bees are disappearing? It has to do with cell phone signals-it confuses them (yikes!).

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    tasteofbeirut — July 14, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    Thank you so much for the important tip! I would have never thought of it. I will find a use for the abundant lavender that grows in our garden this summer.

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    Sook — July 14, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

    What an interesting post about honey! I have only tried the normal honey and now I want to try the ones you talked about!

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    Cocina Savant — July 15, 2010 @ 1:35 am

    Awesome idea. I can't wait to give this idea a try with the fresh lavender I have growing on the back porch. Very cool blog- glad I found you.

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    Sophie — July 16, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    What a cool idea to make sage infused honey yourself!! I was thinking about using otgher herbs too & now, you did a lovely post on this,..;so thanks a lot!!!

    This would also make a great foodgift for a honey lover!!

    MMMMMMMMMM,…excellent pictures too!

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    Anna — July 16, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

    Wow… what a great idea, my head is spinning with all the possibilities.
    Great picture. Loved the jar.

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    foodies at home — July 24, 2010 @ 12:25 am

    I'm definitely going to have to try this! I love infused honey, especially drizzled over some strong cheeses! Great idea!

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