Thursday, July 24, 2008

Honey of a Summer

This summer I have spent time learning about botanicals for culinary use. Since the lavender and roses in my yard are grown without pesticides, they are safe to use for food purposes. This afternoon I decided to try to make flavored honey. Rose Blossom Honey and Lavender Honey now sit on my countertop, waiting for toast and tea!

Floral Honey

42 ounces honey
1 cup fresh lavender bud or rose petals

Heat honey in a kettle over a double-boiler. After the honey becomes thin, add flowers and cook for 10 minutes more. Remove from heat. Using a small strainer, pour honey into small jars. Lid and label. Store in the fridge until ready to use.

Makes four small jars of honey.

Both were delicious and the flavor of the lavender and roses was perfect! If you'd like a rosy color, add food coloring --- two or three drops will do.

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9 comments:

  1. Pretty photo! The honey sounds very good, I like honey! My favorite honey (here in Florida) is orange blossom! I had that for breakfast this morning, on crunchy flax seed toast! Yum!

    Katherine

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  2. Oh, my gosh! I want to make this - it looks fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. I typed away then went to publish post, and it said sorry unavailable. So this is a test, you will not hear a 60 sec annoying, loud, show interupting test of the emergency braodcast system. :) Liz

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  4. So here Iam again, What I said the first time was that I loved your porch/veranda, and is the one on your blog page yours? It is beautiful. Also incredible is where your super yummie honey jars posed for their portraits. I could just sit there eating a hot biscuit with butter and rose honey oozing out of it, then wash it all down with an ice cold glass of delicious tart-sweet lavendar lemonade (im salivating). I would like to blog hop, but where would I find my url? It's so lovely where you are. Im in brown (on the ground, and in the air) So cal yuck. I love your Blog!! :) Liz

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  5. looks fabulous..Yummy!
    I left you an award on my baking blog..

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  6. In the middle of winter you will enjoy your honey !!!! xoxoxox Clarice

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  7. Oh the things that could get me in trouble over here...

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  8. You are a true home economist! I'm always impressed with what you are discovering...

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  9. Martha9:09 PM

    Thank you for sharing the recipe along with the photo of the jars. I can't wait to try this recipe. It sounds wonderful.

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