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Monday, April 21, 2014

Different Types of Honey - What type of honey are you?

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Bees make honey from flower nectar, so different flowers naturally give different flavors to the honey you keep on your shelf. More than 300 unique varieties of honey have been identified, but Sue Bee® Honey – which tests and blends honey in a state-of-the-art laboratory – makes it easy for you by offering variety, including Aunt Sue’s®. If you’re a fan of nature’s perfect sweetener, you owe it to yourself to try each one!
 
Sue Bee Clover Honey has always been the most popular kind, derived from white and yellow sweet clovers then filtered and blended to have the light color and delicate flavor that most of us know as honey. Packaged in several sizes and styles (the bear and no-drip table servers are favorites), clover honey is Sue Bee’s flagship variety.
 
Sue Bee Natural Pure Honey is clover honey too, but strained rather than filtered. That means the natural complement of pollen gathered by the bees is still there in the honey. Use Sue Bee Natural Pure Honey to sweeten a cup of coffee in the morning or as an energy boost to enhance sport drinks.
 
Aunt Sue’s Raw Honey is honey from the nectar of wildflowers, so it’s darker in color and has an all-natural, robust flavor. It’s also unfiltered, so the pollen adds to the authenticity. Try this when you’re baking hearty bran muffins or granola bars for a full-bodied taste. When you’re glazing a meat dish, the darker color provides a richer caramelized appearance.
 
Aunt Sue’s Organic Honey is the ultimate in all-natural taste, and no wonder – it’s unfiltered and it comes from the nectar of organically grown plants. It’s perfect for dipping organic apple slices or for use in baked goods and other recipes you want to be all-organic.
 
Sue Bee Orange Honey is a pure, filtered product that gets its distinctive flavor from the nectar of orange blossoms. Chefs have known for centuries that the tang of citrus makes a wonderful complement to honey – try it in fruit salad recipes, in light frostings or in baked goods.
 
Sue Bee Spun Honey is pure, filtered clover honey – like the flagship variety – that has been allowed to granulate under controlled conditions. The result is a smooth, easy-to-spread texture that goes on toast like butter or jelly, without dripping or drizzling. It’s a breakfast favorite. If you’re a believer in applying honey to minor nicks and scrapes – honey keeps bacteria out and moisture in – Sue Bee Spun Honey is more convenient to use than the liquid form.
 
More ideas? Let us know your favorite kind of Sue Bee Honey and a way to use it someone else might enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Comfort Foods with Honey

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Colder temperatures mean meals that provide warmth. There are tons of delicious comfort food options that use a sweet touch of honey. Take a look at some of our favorites.
 


Sue Bee Honey Garlic Pork Chops



Honey Babecue Meatloaf from Can You Stay for Dinner?



Baked Honey Mustard Mac and Cheese from In the Kitchen with Jenny



Honey BBQ Chicken from Favorite Family Recipes



Sue Bee Honey Special BBQ Ribs



Honey Mustard Chicken Pot Pie from A Good Appetite


Sue Bee Honey Mustard Sauce



Honeyed Beef Stew from user sandra470 on allrecipes.com



Sweet Honey Cornbread from For the Love Cooking



Spicy Sweet Honey Chili

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Give the gift of honey this holiday season!

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Get a head start on your holiday shopping and give the gift of honey! Our Sue Bee Honey Gift Boxes include the following for just $18 plus shipping from now until Dec. 23, 2013!
• 16 oz. Spun Honey
• 8 oz. Squeeze Bear
• 8 oz. Orange Honey
• 8 oz. Sage Honey
• 18 oz. Louisiana Style Barbecue Sauce
• 18 oz. Original Barbecue Sauce
• Sue Bee Honey Kidz Cookbook

Call 712-233-9175 and mention offer code HONEY2013 to claim your gift box. We accept American Express, Mastercard and Visa and ship anywhere in the continental United States. Supplies are limited so don't wait until the last minute!

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thanksgiving Desserts

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The best part of any Thanksgiving celebration is when the dessert tray finally arrives. Using Sue Bee® Honey in your desserts as a substitute for sugar can help eliminate some of the guilt that may arise. Take a look at some of our favorite dessert recipes that not only use honey, but offer healthy alternatives to help cure your sweet tooth craving.


Sue Bee® Honey Pecan Pie

Ingredients

1/2 cup Sue Bee® Honey
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup pecans
1 9-inch single pie crust

Directions

1. Blend Sue Bee® Honey and brown sugar in a saucepan and cook slowly over medium heat, stirring until it becomes a smooth syrup.
2. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
3. Mix in beaten eggs and pecans.
4. Pour into pie shell then bake at 400 F for 10 minutes.
5. Reduce temperature to 350 F and bake for 30 minutes, or until inserted knife comes out clean.



Sue Bee® Honey Healthy Pumpkin Pie
Ingredients

1/2 cup Sue Bee® Honey
1 28-ounce can of pumpkin
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 egg whites, whipped into soft peaks
1 unbaked pie crust

Directions

1. Heat oven to 425 F. In large bowl beat pumpkin and yogurt until well-combined.
2. Add Sue Bee® Honey, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, milk, salt, egg yolk and melted butter. Mix well until all ingredients are combined. Gently fold whipped egg whites into pumpkin mixture until well-blended.
3. Pour filling into unbaked pie crust. For stability place the pie pan on cookie sheet before baking. Place pie in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
4. Cover the edges of the pie crust with tin foil to prevent over-browning and reduce oven temperature to 350 F. Bake for about 1 hour or until filling is set at center of pie. 5. Remove pie from oven and cool on a baker's cooling rack.



Healthy Apple, Pecan and Honey Caramel Cheesecake from The Healthy Foodie



Salty Honey Pie from South Brooklyn Post



Buttery Honey Apple Pie from iVillage.com

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

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Turkey or ham? Ham or turkey? When it comes to the star of most Thanksgiving meals, many people tend not to think too far outside of the box. There are plenty of different options, though, to not only add variety to your table but give your traditional main courses a new spin. Below are just a few ideas of how you can use Sue Bee® Honey to breathe new life into your Thanksgiving feast!


Sue Bee® Honey-Glazed Turkey

Ingredients

1/2 cup Sue Bee® Honey
1 15 pound turkey
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

1. Tie the turkey's drumsticks together and tuck the wings underneath. Place turkey in roasting pan – breast side up – and bake at 325 F for two hours.
2. Mix Sue Bee® Honey, Dijon mustard, dried rosemary, onion powder, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl and brush over turkey after first two hours of baking. Return to oven and continue to baste turkey with pan drippings until thermometer reads 180 F – about two hours.
3.  Remove turkey and cover with tin foil for up to 15 minutes before carving. Serve with stuffing and gravy.



Sue Bee® Honey-Orange Glazed Ham
Ingredients

1/4 cup Sue Bee® Honey
1 5- to 7-pound precooked ham
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1 6-ounce can orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 orange, sliced

Directions

1. Using a paring knife, score ham in a diamond pattern, making cuts about 1/4-inch deep.
2. Mix remaining ingredients, except orange, and bring to a boil while stirring.
3. Continue boiling and stirring for 1 minute.
4. Brush ham with glaze and bake 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours at 325 F, brushing with glaze every 30 minutes.
5. The last 45 minutes, top ham with orange slices.  



Sue Bee® Honey Glazed Ham
Ingredients

2 cups Sue Bee® Honey
1 (5-pound) ready-to-eat ham
1/4 cup whole cloves
1/4 cup orange juice
2/3 cup butter

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Score ham and stud with the whole cloves. Place ham in foil-lined pan.
3. In the top half of a double boiler, heat the honey, orange juice and butter. Keep glaze warm while baking ham.
4. Brush glaze over ham and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Baste ham every 10 to 15 minutes with the honey glaze. During the last 4 to 5 minutes of baking, turn on broiler to caramelize the glaze. Remove from oven and let sit a few minutes before serving.


Roast Chicken with Honey-Raspberry Glaze
Ingredients

1 5- to 6-pound roasting chicken
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
2 medium red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
6 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

1. Heat oven to 425 F. Remove giblet pack from chicken cavity, rinse and pat dry with paper towels. Use kitchen shears to remove wing tips at the first joint. Salt and pepper interior of chicken and sprinkle with thyme.
2. Tie legs together with twine. Place bird in roasting pan lined with foil.
3. Add onion wedges around chicken. Brush chicken exterior with half the melted butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in oven on lowest rack. Bake 20-25 minutes.
4. Remove chicken from oven, baste with remaining melted butter. Continue roasting 10-15 minutes. This is a good time to prepare the glaze.

Glaze
Ingredients

3/4 cup Sue Bee® Honey
1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

Directions

1. In small sauce pan combine Sue Bee® Honey, chopped cranberries, juice and vinegar and bring to a boil over high heat.
2. Reduce heat and simmer until cranberry pieces are soft and sauce forms. Remove from heat, add thyme and stir well.
3. Remove chicken from oven and brush with glaze. Roast additional 35-40 minutes or until juices run clear. Breast or thigh temperature should be 170 F.  



Cornish Hens with Fruit, Walnuts, and Honey Apple Glaze from Food and Wine  



Honey Roast Turkey from Better Homes and Gardens

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Apple Honey Recipes

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One of the scents and tastes of fall is without question apple! There are pies, cobblers, marinades and so many other things you can do with apples in your cooking and baking. Take a trip to your local orchard or farmers market and pick out a dozen (or two!) of your favorites and get to work in the kitchen with these great recipes!

And don’t forget to check out our favorite Fall Recipes and Honey Pumpkin Recipes too!



Cinnamon Honey Apple Loaf Cake from Jersey Bites




Sue Bee Apple Honey Crisp



Spiced Honey Apple Butter from My Kitchen Addiction



Buttery Honey Apple Pie from iVillage



Honey Apple Coffeecake from Simple Daily Recipes




Crockpot Honey Apple Pork Loin from My CrossFit Paleo Journey

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

September is National Honey Month

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It’s September! What does that mean? Well, for starters, it’s National Honey Month – 30 days of celebrating one of nature’s sweetest natural ingredients. Since 1989, our friends at the National Honey Board have recognized this month as the time to officially give honey its moment in the spotlight. And it just so happens that September is a key month for harvesting honey. Coincidence? You decide. 

For a quick refresher, remember that honey is made by honeybees from flower nectar. It can be added to a wide range of foods and oftentimes is used as a natural sweetener and alternative to sugar. Baking with honey can sometimes be a challenge if you’re not familiar with the complexities of its makeup. Check out some useful tips we recently compiled for baking with honey here.

There are many different types of honey thanks in large part to the different types of flowers that the honeybees visit. For a closer look at the kinds we offer at Sue Bee® Honey, take a look at this informative post from our blog.

We know that honey has long been considered one of the most unique and versatile ingredients in the world. But its wonderful uses don’t end in the kitchen. Honey’s uses can expand into the medicine cabinet, the beauty drawer and the gym bag as it’s been proven to help cure many side effects from illnesses, help clear up skin and provide a boost of energy when feeling sluggish.

Here are some more interesting facts about honey:

  • Honey can be traced back as far as the Egyptians. Honey was actually discovered in King Tut’s tomb and found to be still edible!
  • In colonial times, American settlers used honey to aid preserve fruit.
  • Honeybees flap their wings more than 11,000 times per minute and fly as fast as 15 miles per hour.
  • To produce one pound of honey, honeybees visit approximately 2 million flowers!
  • A spoonful of honey can provide sweet, slow and soothing relief to an irritated sore throat.

There are so many more uses for honey that it’s impossible to list them all. Do your part to help spread the word this month and feel free to share your favorite facts and uses as well!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

After School Snacks

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Schools across the country are back in session and that means hungry kids from coast to coast. Whether your little ones need a boost of energy in the morning, a healthy snack at lunch or something to tie them over until dinner time, there are plenty of quick and healthy options for them to enjoy. Here are some of our favorites:
 

Photo courtesy of the National Honey Board
The National Honey Board's Honey Turkey Rollers combine honey, mustard, cream cheese, colby jack cheese and turkey on a whole wheat tortilla for the perfect after school snack. 
 
Chef in Training's No Bake Energy Bites
Photo courtesy of Chef in Training
These No Bake Energy Bites from Chef in Training taste just like granola bars and can be whipped up in no time for an on-the-go breakfast or packed in a lunchbox for a tasty treat.
 
Real Mom Kitchen's After School Peanut Butter and Honey Popcorn
Photo courtesy of Real Mom Kitchen
Real Mom Kitchen combines two kid favorites – popcorn and peanut butter – with honey for her After School Peanut Butter and Honey Popcorn that is "soft, chewy, and ooey gooey." 
 
Sue Bee Honey Granola Bars
Who doesn't love a tasty granola bar? Our homemade Sue Bee® Granola Bars combine coconut, almonds, raisins, cranberries and, of course, Sue Bee® Honey for a delicious bite you just can't get from the grocery store.
 
Sue Bee Honey Banana Treat
For a snack using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen, cut a banana in half, insert a stick in the end and then drizzle it with honey before rolling the banana in graham cracker crumbs.
 
Laugh, Love, & Craft's Peanut Butter-Honey & Graham Cracker Squares
Photo courtesy of Laugh, Love, & Craft
All you need is three ingredients for another super easy treat from Laugh, Love, & CraftPeanut Butter-Honey & Graham Crackers Squares! Simply spread your peanut butter on the graham cracker and drizzle in as much honey as you like!
 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Honey Tips for Summer

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Summer is officially here and the honeybees are buzzing! As you prepare for long days at the swimming pool or trips to the lake, don’t forget to pack some honey! Honey can be a helpful home remedy and has many uses. Here are some of our summertime favorites:


Natural Relief for Sunburn

Applying Sue Bee® Honey directly on sunburned skin will cool, soothe and promote faster healing. Then, to help your skin rehydrate, mix together 1 teaspoon of Sue Bee® Honey, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice and put it on the sunburned area. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with water.


Treat Bug Bites

Rubbing Sue Bee® Honey on a bug bite and pressing an ice cube on the honey will help lift dead skin cells and produce new ones to close the wound, thanks to the natural sugar. Honey has antibacterial power that is more effective than regular medical gels.


Help Summer-Damaged Hair

Swimming and sunshine can be tough on hair. Keep yours healthy this summer with a hair shine. Stir 1 teaspoon of Sue Bee® Honey into 4 cups of warm water. Add lemon if desired. After shampooing, pour the mixture through your hair. Don’t rinse. Dry as usual.


Get In Swimsuit Shape

Honey is a wonder food, and as it turns out, you can even make it part of your weight-loss plan. Honey is an excellent substitute for sugar; it also helps speed up your metabolism. Just remember: all things in moderation.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Warm Weather Drinks with Honey

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The warmer temperatures that come with June mean summer is almost here and nothing beats kicking up your feet and sipping on a nice relaxing drink! Honey can be used to sweeten and complement flavors in all kinds of beverages. Here we’ve highlighted some of our favorite warm weather drinks featuring honey. So grab your bottle of Sue Bee® Honey, pick up some fresh fruit at your local farmer’s market this weekend and give each a try!

Honey Lemonade Raspberry


Sue Bee Honey Lemonade With Raspberry Cubes

Ingredients

⚫ 3/4 cup Sue Bee Honey

⚫ 1 1/2 cups lemon juice

⚫ 9 cups water

⚫ 28 raspberries

Directions

1. Combine lemon juice and Sue Bee Honey in large pitcher; stir until honey is dissolved.

2. Stir in water.

3. Place 1 to 2 pieces of fruit in each compartment of 2 ice cube trays.

4. Fill each compartment with honey lemonade and freeze until firm.

5. Chill remaining lemonade.

6. To serve, divide frozen fruit cubes between tall glasses and fill with remaining lemonade.

 

 

Sparkling Orange Juice and Honey from Fuss Free Cooking


Sparkling Orange Juice and Honey from Fuss Free Cooking

 


Strawberry Lemonade with Honey Simple Syrup from Roots and Platters


Strawberry Lemonade with Honey Simple Syrup from Roots and Platters


Fresh Honey Lemonade from So Hungry I Could Blog

Fresh Honey Lemonade from So Hungry I Could Blog

 



Honey Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

 

Sue Bee Honey Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

⚫ 1/4 cup Sue Bee Honey

⚫ 1 pint strawberries, hulled

⚫ 1 banana, peeled and sliced

⚫ 8 ounces plain or nonfat yogurt

⚫ 1/2 cup milk

⚫ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla flavoring
 

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 20 seconds or until the drink is smooth.

For more fantastic drink recipes, be sure to follow our Drinks Pinboard on Pinterest!

 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sweet Connections: Walleye Fishing and Sue Bee Honey

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Just as millions of American families take deep pleasure in the sweet hours spent fishing – the challenge of finding where they’re biting and hauling them in – they can sweeten their enjoyment by cooking up the day’s catch using one of the Sue Bee Honey recipes found below.
 
Ask Gil Mollet. He’s a top walleye pro who has proved in tournament after tournament that he knows how to catch this fisherman’s favorite. And because he’s been sponsored by Sue Bee Honey since 2006, he has table-tested recipes that prove he knows what to do with the walleye he catches.
 
Gil’s biggest win came in the Professional Walleye Trail Shootout in 2008, the last year the competition was held, when he reeled in a $50,000 payday. His comment then: “I’m absolutely ecstatic that I finally did win, and it’s an honor to have such a great company as Sue Bee Honey backing me. When I’m out on the road, I know who I’m representing.”
 
A journalist who was there that October day wrote that Gil made the decision to turn his attention in the direction opposite of the other pro fishermen: “When the green light came, most rigs raced south toward downstream fishing areas. One of the few to quietly turn upstream was Gil Mollet’s unmistakable Sue Bee Honey boat.” Gil followed his own convictions when he went fishing that day, and the results were sweet indeed.
 
How about making the next fishing trip you take a real family affair?
 
Try one (or both) of the recipes shown here and give everyone in your family an individual role: One family member catches the walleye. Another cleans it and cuts fillets. Another mixes the breading and prepares the marinade. The designated chef puts it all together according to the Sue Bee directions.
 
Don’t be shy about swapping roles. It’s OK if Mom goes out in the boat, Junior cleans the catch and Dad mixes the dipping sauce. Here’s the important thing – and this is always true with freshly caught walleye and Sue Bee Honey: Everybody gets to sit down and eat!
 
Honey-Crusted Walleye
Ingredients
1/4 cup Sue Bee Honey
1 egg
2 cups butter-flavored crackers (45 to 50), crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 to 2 pounds walleye fillets
1/3 cup cooking oil
1 lemon wedge (optional)
 
Directions
1. In a shallow bowl beat egg and add Sue Bee Honey.
2. In a plastic bag combine crackers, salt and pepper.
3. Dip fish in egg mixture then shake in bag until coated.
4. In a skillet cook fillets in oil 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until fish is golden and flakes easily with a fork.
5. Serve with dipping sauce (below) and lemon wedges if desired.
 
Dipping Sauce
Ingredients
1/4 cup Sue Bee Honey
2 cups mayonnaise
1/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons minced onion
4 to 6 drops hot sauce (optional)
 
Dipping Sauce
Directions
1. Mix and serve.
 
 
Walleye Kabobs
Ingredients
1/4 cup Sue Bee Honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
1 tablespoon Cajun hot fish spices
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds walleye fillets, cut in cubes for skewering
red, green and yellow peppers, cut for skewering
small whole onions, cut in half for skewering
 
Directions
1. Mix together Sue Bee Honey and sauces and spices for marinade.
2. In a deep plate cover walleye fillets, peppers and onions with the marinade.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Honey Giveaway

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Grilling with Honey Recipes

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Winter is gone. Spring is here. It’s time to bust out the grills and barbecues and enjoy some delicious meals made in the great outdoors! Honey can be used in a number of different ways when it comes to grilling, such as a glaze, marinade, sweetener, adding a delicious flavor. If you’re looking for some fire-grilled inspiration for your next cookout or this weekend’s dinner, give these honey grilling recipes a shot:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ingredients
·       1 cup butter, divided
·       2 tablespoons garlic salt, divided
·       2 tablespoons paprika, divided
·       salt and pepper to taste
·       1 12-ounce can of beer (cola may be substituted)
·       1 4-pound whole chicken
 
Directions
1. Preheat outdoor grill for low heat. Melt 1/2 cup butter in small skillet. Mix in 1 tablespoon garlic salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, salt and pepper. Discard half the beer, leaving remainder in can. Add to can the remaining butter, garlic salt, salt and pepper. Place can on disposable baking sheet and set chicken on can, inserting can into cavity of chicken. Baste chicken with melted seasoned butter. Place baking sheet with can and chicken on prepared grill and cook over low heat for about 3 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 180 F.
 
Sue Bee Honey Glaze
Ingredients
·       3/4 cup Sue Bee Honey
·       1/2 cup prepared brown spicy mustard
·       2 tablespoons soy sauce
·       1 tablespoon cider vinegar
·       2 tablespoons cornstarch
 
Directions
1. Heat Sue Bee Honey, mustard, soy sauce and vinegar to a boil in 2-quart saucepan. Blend cornstarch with 1/4 cup water until smooth, then gradually add to honey mixture. Boil for 1 minute, until slightly thickened, then brush glaze on chicken during last 20 minutes of cooking.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, May 06, 2013

Everybody’s sweet on honey – again

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Can you guess what food ingredient everyone’s buzzing about? It’s free of fat and cholesterol. It goes great in recipes. People love the taste. It’s even all-natural!

OK, it’s honey. Not exactly new. It seems like every few years, people find out again that honey “is not just for tea and toast anymore,” to quote one of the experts cited in the latest issue of Food Processing. The leading trade magazine published a special report on honey.

The article says honey’s popularity among food and beverage manufacturers is increasing. Why?

“Honey is the perfect sweetener, inclusion and flavor enhancer for consumers who want natural products but want them to taste like indulgent foods and beverages,” according to Catherine Barry, director of marketing for the National Honey Board (NHB).

Here are some of the places honey is popping up:

  • Chocolate (Swiss and milk) bars made with honey almond nougat
  • Salad dressings made with honey Dijon and honey Dijon yogurt
  • Yogurt smoothies flavored with honey
  • Honey cough lozenges in menthol and eucalyptus varieties
  • Honey vitamins, available in C and D varieties
  • Cooking shows using honey, especially in all-natural recipes
  • Breakfast cereals and granola bars using honey as a sweetener
  • Energy drinks and bars for athletes using honey for its quick absorption into the bloodstream
  • Honey whiskeys and other alcoholic beverages, including honey-infused vodka, tequila and rum, which are being used in unique, innovative cocktails
  • Mead, made with fermented honey and one of mankind’s earliest alcoholic beverages, which now is gaining attention among home brewers and vintners

One of the biggest drivers behind honey’s surging popularity is consumer recognition that honey is well-known as an all-natural food. In a survey by the NHB, participants were read a list of sweeteners they might find in foods in a grocery store and asked to indicate whether they considered each one a natural sweetener. As the percentages show, honey was the big winner:

  • Honey 96%
  • Granulated sugar 74%
  • Molasses 73%
  • Cane juice 61%
  • Corn syrup 49%
  • Fruit juice concentrate 49%
  • Agave nectar 23%
  • High-fructose corn syrup 23%
  • Non-calorie sweeteners 15%

Finally, Food Processing quoted Sue Bee Honey’s Lisa Hansel, assistant vice president of sales and marketing (she’s the expert mentioned at the start of this post), summing up the reasons people are so sweet on honey.

“One-hundred percent pure honey is also fat-, sodium- and cholesterol-free and contains healthful antioxidants and micronutrients. Second, a growing number of consumers are becoming aware of the importance of the American honey bee, which is responsible for pollinating hundreds of American crops, like almonds, oranges, apples, cherries and more. Third, honey is the perfect all-natural sweetener to replace sugar in recipes for both consumers and manufacturers.”

Well said, Lisa!

 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tips for Baking With Honey

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When is the last time you found yourself in a baking groove only to realize at the worst possible moment that you've run out of sugar? There's no need to panic and put your treats on hold while you make a beeline for the grocery store. There's a simple and effective alternative that you probably already have in your pantry that will add the sweetness your recipe calls for ... honey!

Different Types of Honey = Different Types of Flavor
Honey is often used as a substitute for sugar and other sweeteners in baking. Using honey as a baking substitute can be a quick fix but it's important to remember that different types of honey can have varying effects on the taste of your creation. Light honey, for instance, is sweeter and unlikely to be overpowering, while darker honey has a more distinct flavor and can potentially alter the taste of the recipe if one adds too much.

Add Honey and Subtract Moisture.
When it comes to using honey as a baking substitute, the first thing you need to remember about substituting honey for sugar is that when adding a liquid sweetener — in this case honey — to your recipe, you must account for the added moisture and take away liquid in other areas. Honey adds additional moisture to a recipe and is great for baked goods like breads, cakes, muffins and pies. A good rule of thumb is to subtract 1/4 cup of liquid elsewhere for every full cup of honey used.

One Cup of Sugar = One Cup of Honey
As for how much honey needs to be added to your baking, you can actually substitute equal parts honey for sugar. For example, if your recipe calls for one cup of sugar, use one cup of honey instead. Keep in mind, though, that for every cup of honey used, you'll need to increase the baking soda by 1/2 teaspoon to help neutralize the acidity of the honey and help the food rise.

Reduce Temperature to Prevent Overbrowning.
After you've got your all your ingredients mixed and you're ready to bake, it's important to remember that honey bakes faster than sugar so be sure to lower your over temperature by 25 degrees to prevent overbrowning. Once you're finished, brush your delicious treats with honey for a sweet, shiny glaze after they have cooled down and enjoy!
 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Different Types of Honey

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Bees make honey from flower nectar, so different flowers naturally give different flavors to the honey you keep on your shelf. More than 300 unique varieties of honey have been identified, but Sue Bee Honey – which tests and blends honey in a state-of-the-art laboratory – makes it easy for you by offering seven varieties. If you’re a fan of nature’s perfect sweetener, you owe it to yourself to try each one!

Sue Bee Clover Honey has always been the most popular kind, derived from white and yellow sweet clovers then filtered and blended to have the light color and delicate flavor that most of us know as honey. Packaged in several sizes and styles (the bear and no-drip table servers are favorites), clover honey is Sue Bee’s flagship variety.

Sue Bee Natural Pure Honey is clover honey too, but strained rather than filtered. That means the natural complement of pollen gathered by the bees is still there in the honey. Use Sue Bee Natural Pure honey to sweeten a hearty cup of coffee in the morning or as an energy boost to enhance sport drinks.

Aunt Sue’s Raw Honey is honey from the nectar of wildflowers, so it’s darker in color and has an all-natural, robust flavor. It’s also unfiltered, so the pollen adds to the authenticity. Try this when you’re baking hearty bran muffins or granola bars for a full-bodied taste. When you’re glazing a meat dish, the darker color provides a richer caramelized appearance.

Aunt Sue’s Organic Honey is the ultimate in all-natural taste, and no wonder – it’s unfiltered and it comes from the nectar of organically grown plants. It’s perfect for dipping organic apple slices or for use in baked goods and other recipes you want to be all-organic.

Sue Bee Orange Honey is a pure, filtered product that gets its distinctive flavor from the nectar of orange blossoms. Chefs have known for centuries that the tang of citrus makes a wonderful complement to honey – try it in fruit salad recipes, in light frostings or in baked goods.

Sue Bee Sage Honey is also pure, filtered honey, but it comes from the nectar of sage shrubs growing along the California coast and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It’s light-colored and has a delicate and mild flavor. Try it in turkey and other poultry or meat dishes, and it’s said to go well with strong cheeses. Doesn’t sage honey sound perfect for sweetening a cup of tea on a rainy afternoon?

Sue Bee Spun Honey is pure, filtered clover honey – like the flagship variety – that has been allowed to granulate under controlled conditions. The result is a smooth, easy-to-spread texture that goes on toast like butter or jelly, without dripping or drizzling. It’s a breakfast favorite. If you’re a believer in applying honey to minor nicks and scrapes – honey keeps bacteria out and moisture in – Sue Bee Spun Honey is more convenient to use than the liquid form.

More ideas? Let us know your favorite kind of Sue Bee Honey and a way to use it someone else might enjoy!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Cure Coughs with Sue Bee Honey

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Coughing kids have been known to keep little ones and parents up all night. Unfortunately, the number of treatment options is slim as many over-the-counter options are not suitable for children under the age of 6. A study released in the September issue of Pediatrics magazine tested more than 250 children ages 1-5 who were experiencing nighttime coughing. The participants were given one of three types or honey or a non-honey liquid with similar consistency prior to going to bed for two consecutive nights. The study found that the children who received the honey mixture coughed less frequently, less severely and slept better through the night.

The next time your precious little ones are struggling to make it through the night because of coughing, use two teaspoons of Sue Bee Honey to soothe the throat and help everyone sleep through the night!

Source: http://pediatrics.jwatch.org/cgi/content/full/2012/815/4

 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sue Bee Inspired Pumpkin Stencils

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Are you struggling to find some pumpkin carving inspiration? You've come to the right place! Try these Sue Bee inspired stencils to transform your pumpkins into your own personal beehive!

Share your pumpkin carvings with us by uploading a photo to our Facebook page or by tweeting @SueBeeUSA!

Pro Tip: Use an ice cream scoop to remove pumpkin pulp and seeds. It makes the work quick and easy. To carve the pumpkin, use a utility knife (often used to cut drywall, available at hardware stores) — it provides better control than a kitchen knife.

 

 

 

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sue Bee Scary-Good Popcorn

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October is a crazy month! With busy schedules, shorter days and Halloween preparation, it's so easy to get in the habit of buying premade treats and bags of candy for your family to snack on. This Sue Bee Scary-Good Popcorn is the perfect excuse to put the chaos on hold, round up the family and make a delicious snack from scratch that your little ghouls and goblins will love!

Sue Bee Scary-Good Popcorn

Ingredients

Popcorn

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil/vegetable oil

1/3 cup unpopped popcorn (multi colored kernels recommended)

Honey Coating

1/2 cup Sue Bee Honey

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¼ cup whipping cream

1 tablespoon butter

Directions

1. Mix together the popcorn, salt and oil until all kernels are coated. Place kernels

in a paper lunch-size sack and microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds.

2. Preheat oven to 300 F. To make coating, combine Sue Bee Honey, vanilla

extract, whipping cream and butter in a small saucepan. Using a candy

thermometer, heat popcorn mixture on stove to 240 F, then pour it over the

popcorn and blend to coat thoroughly. Be careful, because mixture will be very hot.

3. Spread coated popcorn on a cookie sheet. Bake in 300 F oven for 15 minutes.

Allow to cool and serve.

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