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Old 09-27-2005, 09:09 AM   #1
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Honey?

I want to start using honey as a sweetener. Are there any tricks to picking out honey? What varieties would you all recommend and what foods do you use them with? Has anyone tried comb honey?

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Old 09-27-2005, 09:37 AM   #2
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I love comb honey. Chewing the comb is an interesting experience. The honey that is considered by many, the healthiest one is buckwheat honey. It has very dark brown color and is probably the richest as far as honey goes. By the way, hot buckwheat serial in the morning with some honey smothered over it is extremely yummy breakfast. The very light clover honey is great on a toast. There is no end to talking about health advantages of using honey, there is also no end of disadvantages if you over do it. So don’t jump into it and start eating for breakfast, lunch and diner.
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Old 09-27-2005, 11:18 AM   #3
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I just buy my honey at the local Farmer's market. I prefer solid honey myself, but everyone has their own preference. Depending on how you are using it and to whom you are serving it you might want to pay attention to whether it is pasteurized or not. Do not serve unpasteurized honey to anyone with immune deficiencies or to young children. I mention this because often the stuff you get at the Farmers Market IS unpasteurized.
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Old 09-27-2005, 02:12 PM   #4
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Do not serve unpasteurized honey to anyone with immune deficiencies or to young children. I mention this because often the stuff you get at the Farmers Market IS unpasteurized.
Unpastueurized is also not recommended for pregnant women.

Is most storebought honey the clover variety? I know it's not as sweet as orange honey. :)
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Old 09-27-2005, 02:37 PM   #5
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I get my honey from a farmer up by Seattle, WA. I believe the the honey in the pacific northwest is the best from all the different types of fruit and berries that are grown there. If you are interested I can give you his email address, he ships for free and is very reasonably priced for raw unfiltered honey...
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Old 09-27-2005, 02:39 PM   #6
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I usually get gallberry or clover honey. They are both very good.
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Old 09-28-2005, 07:33 AM   #7
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Problem with unfiltered honey is that it may contain bee's legs oe wings, or sometimes the whole bee. have to be carefull. Not that it will sting, but do you really want to eat bee parts.
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Unpastueurized is also not recommended for pregnant women.
Actually it is highly recommended that pregnant woman stay away from ALL honey. Also kids under 1 year of age should not have any honey.
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I usually opt for organic or farmer's market. Not all honeys are created equal by any means. Those ones in the hive shaped squeeze bottles just don't cut it for me. I love a deep, almost floral honey for tea, a lighter clover honey for baking and something with a hint of spice for meats and such. My vote is usually for liquid honey
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Old 09-28-2005, 11:19 AM   #10
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I agree w/ the Seattle honey post. They make the best honey's around. My favorites are the wild flower honey, and the berry honey's. **** shame I can't remember the name of the honey purveyor from Pike Place Market in Seattle. They had the best. I didn't care for the lavendar honey, and if I don't have to, I won't buy honey from the stores. So try to find an independent source, and unless you are looking hard for those bee's legs and eggs, don't even worry about that.

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