Wednesday, January 29, 2014

homemaking hack: spreadable whipped honey


Do you ever keep honey until it gets all grainy and crystallized at the bottom? No one likes to eat it like that at our house. We sometimes warm it up to make it gooey again, but usually by the time it crystallizes it just sits even longer in our pantry.


I read somewhere {so long ago I couldn't find it} that you can whip honey. I looked up creamed/whipped honey this week, and it turns out that the official way to make it is a totally different process than what I did, but I decided to experiment anyway and see what my chunky honey would turn out like if I whipped it in my mixer without adding anything else. 

So this is kind of my cheater version of whipped honey. :)

Here's the before:


And here it is after several minutes {5 minutes or more} of whipping on high. You can just turn on your mixer and go do some laundry. :)


Keep mixing until most of the crystals have dissolved...at least 10 minutes or more. If you are patient, you can see just how creamy it will get.

I was surprised that the texture completely changed from hard crunchy crystals to a light, spreadable honey. There were still some crystals left in mine {probably because I was impatient and stopped too soon}, but it was so cool to just see how creamy it became and how thinly the honey spread- it's the perfect texture for spreading on a sandwich. And it was way better than the original super-crystallized version! :)


It also seemed to make the honey stretch- I didn't use much to whip, but what little I did went pretty far! I saved the rest in the fridge for the kids to put on their almond butter sandwiches. :)


Here is another recipe I found later after I did mine that calls for 1/2 portion of liquid/regular honey, and 1/2 portion crystallized honey. I didn't have regular honey to add to mine, so you could try either one! You might have even fewer crystals in your honey if you do half new and half old.

I'm always amazed when the internet shows me new ways to use what I already have! ;) We are so blessed to have all of this crazy information. And really, we're blessed to even have honey sitting in our pantry, aren't we? :)


Have you ever tried whipping old honey? 


Ever bought the real creamed version from a beekeeper?



Favorite honey recipe? :)

15 comments:

Tara H Heath said...

I never thought of doing this! I do buy creamed honey from a local bee place, but I always seem to have some that crystallizes. I'll definitely try this next time! Thanks!

Betsy said...

That is such a great idea!!

Mandy said...

oh, let me know how it goes! And how long you whip it for- I'm going to keep experimenting to see how it changes with different proportions! :D

Mandy said...

It makes it like icing! :D I wonder whoever thought to whip honey first? I should try to research it! :)

graciegirl said...

This looks great! You must try honey butter....simply whip good quality butter with some honey, about a 1:1 ratio or experiment for your palette and it is so delish on a scone....YUM!

Stacey said...

Honey in a jar is much easier to use. Just stir it up anytime it looks a little bit crystallized. And honey doesn't need to be refrigerated. In fact, making it cold is what can cause it to crystallize.

Ashley said...

My family and I have an online store and one of the things we sell is pure honey from our local beekeeper. They have a variety of honey, creamed honey and honey straws...but our favorite is the creamed honey. It's amazing stuff...so creamy and a wonderfully light flavor. We love it on toast!

Even though we do buy our creamed honey from a beekeeper, I was recently wondering how it would be to try and make our own...and then I saw your post. It was quite timely! ;-) Glad your experiment turned out good and thanks for the tips! =)

Oh, and about crystallized honey...yes, even our retail supply gets that way sometimes and our local beekeeper told us to put the honey (which is in glass jars) in our oven at the lowest setting for a few hours (checking it periodically) and it will bring the honey back to its original state. It's an easy way to take care of the crystallization, and I was so glad he shared his tip with us!

Amber said...

Another way to "fix" crystallized honey is to put the container on the dash of your car on a hot day. We eat raw honey from our neighbors, and we don't want to microwave it and kill all the "good stuff". The best part is that it stays "liquified" for a long time (months), instead of recrystallizing. I'm going to try your way, too!

Rochelle said...

You'll never guess what I did this morning...I cleaned crystallized honey out of my "honey bear". I couldn't bring myself to throw it away so I put it in a bowl until I could figure out what to do with it. Low and behold you have a post on whipping honey:o) What are the chances of that??? I'm going to whip it and add butter because that sounds amazing!!! Now I'll just have to make some biscuits. THANKS!

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thehomemakerspost.com said...

Genius! I love whipped honey (and so does the hubster), but I also run into the crystallized honey dilemma. I cant stand wasting anything so this is perfect. I love reading your homemaking hacks; they've been really helpful to me, thanks :).
Amanda

Teresa R said...

I used to buy creamed honey from a local grocery store in VA. I would spread it on homemade french toast. YUM!

Sophie from France said...

I 'll try this today, for the "goƻter" (what's the word for this? the "4 p.m collation"?), it sounds delicious!!!

Rachael Flannery said...

Can you whip honey that hasn't crystalized?

Handbags*and*Pigtails said...

My husband is a beekeeper so we're blessed to have our own fresh honey. Its such a simple thing but its a huge blessing to our family!

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