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View Poll Results: Do you enjoy eating or cooking with Honey?
Yes 38 34.55%
No 12 10.91%
Sometimes 47 42.73%
I've never eaten honey 1 0.91%
Don't like honey 12 10.91%
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:00 PM
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Do You eat a lot of Honey?

I started eating honey back in the 1970's. There was a nutritional trend that encouraged people to eat honey and avoid refined sugars. A lot of my married friends wives bought honey cookbooks to learn how to substitute honey for white sugar in recipes. My family and I rarely buy white sugar. Once in awhile we'll get brown sugar for baking cookies. Otherwise, we use honey for almost everything.

I enjoy eating buttered toast with honey as a desert after dinner. Or, sometimes I'll mix some peanut butter and honey together and eat on toast for desert.

I know Mexicans share my love of honey with bread. I often get sopapillas and honey at my local Mexican restaurant for desert.

I sweeten hot tea, oatmeal, cream of wheat with a spoonful of honey. It's a good topping on vanilla ice cream.

Right now we're enjoying some wild honey from a family friend's hives. Wild honey has a much better taste than the standard clover honey you get at the grocery store.

Do you eat honey? What's your favorite way?

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Old 02-09-2011, 08:02 PM
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I do love to eat my honey.

Especially in hot tea or on toast (with butter).

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Old 02-09-2011, 08:10 PM
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I do eat honey, especially in tea or on seeded breads.

I also seldom use white sugar. It happens I know that I got my current 2 pound bag of white sugar as a free gift from the Wegmans in Fairfax as part of their Grand Opening coupon book. That was 2005. I've probably bought a small box of dark brown sugar 5-6 times since then for baking and oatmeal.

My old roommates (there were four of them) used to go through a five pound bag of sugar every two weeks; mostly in their coffee. The mind boggles.
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:03 PM
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I LOVE honey...my dad was a beekeeper until he died in 1997 and I have only 1 jar left of the honey he collected. It is the color of dark Karo syrup and is the best tasting honey I have ever had. The bees were collecting tobacco pollen that year, so we call it our tobacco honey. I am sure I have the only jar left in the country. Anyway, our favorite way to use it is to do a stack of thin apple or pear slices (any type is fine but asian pears are the best), a really great blue cheese crumbled between the layers, toasted walnuts or pecans sprinkled over the top and a nice tablespoon of honey drizzled over the entire thing. Delish!
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:10 PM
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I can't really eat hot cornbread and butter without it... If there's no honey available, I can take it or leave it. About the only thing I use honey for is on Hot Cornbread to go with my Bean Soup w/mustard or lightly drizzled on buttered toast with my Oatmeal and milk...
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:10 PM
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I eat more honey than I'd like to. I'm experimenting to see if eating local honey does anything for my pollen allergies, and I don't like it. It tastes fine, which means it's okay in cooking, but it feels bad to swallow a spoonful of it the way I'm supposed to. So far I haven't been able to prove or disprove anything because I can't force myself to do it daily.

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Old 02-09-2011, 09:20 PM
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I can't really eat hot cornbread and butter without it...
Oh, YES. Hot cornbread with butter and honey is the BEST.
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:29 PM
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I don't eat much honey (or sugar, except in ready-made things like chocolcate) but my daughter goes through about 100g per week, mostly on her morning porrage.

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I LOVE honey...my dad was a beekeeper until he died in 1997 and I have only 1 jar left of the honey he collected. It is the color of dark Karo syrup and is the best tasting honey I have ever had. The bees were collecting tobacco pollen that year, so we call it our tobacco honey. I am sure I have the only jar left in the country. Anyway, our favorite way to use it is to do a stack of thin apple or pear slices (any type is fine but asian pears are the best), a really great blue cheese crumbled between the layers, toasted walnuts or pecans sprinkled over the top and a nice tablespoon of honey drizzled over the entire thing. Delish!
Honey and cheese? Crazy, but it just might work! I'll give it a try if I remember to.
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:42 PM
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Sourwood honey is our favorite. We like it on fresh, homemade bread. I like it in my hot tea, too.
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Old 02-09-2011, 09:51 PM
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Honey's great, but don't fool yourself by thinking it's significantly healthier than refined sugar. Its glycemic index may be a bit lower than cane sugar, but not by much, and it represents pure carbs.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:30 PM
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I generally don't like the flavor of honey. Too sweet and with a cloying aftertaste.

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Old 02-09-2011, 10:34 PM
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I like the taste of honey and LOVE the texture, but I don't eat it too often because of this:

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Honey's great, but don't fool yourself by thinking it's significantly healthier than refined sugar. Its glycemic index may be a bit lower than cane sugar, but not by much, and it represents pure carbs.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:37 PM
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I went on a kick of putting a couple teaspoons of buckwheat honey in my tea when I had a cold/sore throat and it was fantastic.

Buckwheat honey has quite a strong flavor/scent of flowers and a very dark color (not quite Karo but close) and gave a great full body mouth feel to the tea! Mmmmm.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:08 PM
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I like honey but I can't substitute it for sugar or other sweeteners, 'cause it's flavour is so powerful. I would use it in tea (on the rare times I drink it) or in oatmal or other breakfast type mush cereals

As always honey, lemon and a tablespoon of whiskey makes an effective cough medicine

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Old 02-09-2011, 11:32 PM
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I love cooking with honey! One of my favorite things to make is chicken with a liberal amount of honey, some soy sauce and some crushed red pepper all fried up. Or you can substitute the chicken with the meat of your choice. I call it meat candy.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:32 PM
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I have a spoonful in my tea, about 4 or 5 times a week. If I'm having cornbread, of course, honey is a must there too, but that isn't very often.

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There was a nutritional trend that encouraged people to eat honey and avoid refined sugars.
The irony is that the same folks who praise honey so highly also tend to be the ones who are quickest to demonize HFCS, even though they're almost identical.

Of course, as with anything, moderation is the key, and a spoonful or two of honey in a cup of tea is still a heck of a lot less than your typical can of pop.
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:06 AM
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I used to have it on the morning fruit bowl every day, but have since discovered agave nectar, which has a lower glycemic index for diabetics. It has a nice sweetness to it, without overpowering anything. I still like honey on cornbread and biscuits, though.
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:15 AM
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I don't eat much honey or any other concentrated source of sugars (including HFCS which honey is most similar to on a chemical level), but I do like a teaspoon or two in my tea now and then. And I like eating honeycomb, but haven't had any in years.
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:22 AM
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I like a plain bagel with honey.
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Old 02-10-2011, 01:54 AM
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I drink honey (Australian bush wattle) in hot water with cooked yuzu. The drink is called yujacha - delicious.
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:46 AM
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I've never been crazy for honey. Just the overly-sweet, syrupy taste...Something about it that makes me shudder.
But, one time I picked up a bottle in a honey shop in Kyoto, and I was hooked on that stuff like it was crack. I can't remember the name of it for the life of me, just a honey shop in the mall that had lots of free samples and I got one that was light, sweet without being sickly, and flavored like...something, I just can't remember what it was. Argh!
It was the best honey I had ever eaten in my life. It didn't last too long.
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:40 AM
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The best honey I've found is from the New Zealand company Airborne. Their honeys have distictive flavors and are not cloying to my taste. Their strongest-flavored honey is from thyme flowers - the taste is very herbal. I discovered this brand at a local gourmet shop. The Airborne web site lists their importers by country.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:28 AM
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Over-brewed tea is merely a vehicle for honey. Cuajada (a local dairy product) is also a good excuse for honey.

I don't cook with honey, but in general I prefer sweetening with honey or brown sugar to using white sugar. I like the more-complex taste better.

My favorite is rosemary honey.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:39 AM
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I eat my peas with honey
I've done it all my life
It makes the peas taste funny
But it keeps them on my knife!

(Hey, somebody was bound to do it. . .)



I like honey a lot. It's a great throat soother/cough suppressant; when I have a cold, I will make myself a cup of herbal tea and stir in a spoonful of honey. Nice.

I cook with it sometimes, too. Honey-mustard chicken or pork chops are good. And I much prefer to blend my own honey and mustard to buying honey-mustard at the grocery, which is mostly mustard with some other sweeteners and a bit of honey thrown in.

Just lately, my hubby and I have discovered the pleasures of honeyed bourbon. We've been keeping Seagram's Dark Honey in the whiskey decanter on the wine cabinet. Neither of us were big fans of Seagram's before, but we tried and compared the Seagram's and the Wild Turkey with honey, and we both slightly prefer the Seagram's, in spite of the fact that it's significantly cheaper than the Wild Turkey! A tall glass of ice, Sierra Mist, a shot of Seagram's Dark Honey poured in the top. Lovely and refreshing!

I know that honey is not significantly healthier than any other pure form of sugar, but the flavor and texture are exceptional. I was very sad when KFC stopped serving real honey with their biscuits and switched to "honey-flavored spread". I'd rather they stick with real honey and charge for it. A decent buttermilk biscuit with butter (real butter, not margarine!) and honey is probably a passport to an early grave, but oh my, it's delicious!
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:28 PM
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And I much prefer to blend my own honey and mustard to buying honey-mustard at the grocery, which is mostly mustard with some other sweeteners and a bit of honey thrown in.
Mmm, this. I can't get over the completely different taste of real mustard + honey versus packaged "honey mustard". We like to dip it with panko-breaded chicken tenders.

I like honey in my tea, but only on the weekends. For some reason during the week I'll do Truvia or Splenda.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:59 PM
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Oh, YES. Hot cornbread with butter and honey is the BEST.
Ew. Cornbread is meant to be savory.
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Old 02-10-2011, 10:37 PM
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The cornbread itself is meant to be savory. But then you put honey on it.
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Old 02-10-2011, 10:50 PM
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I have a big 32oz container of every-day honey. I have 3 jars of "special" honey I get from a German vendor at Kristkindlmarket every December. They make an incredible vanilla-bean infused honey, and then another molasses-dark one, and an orange-blossom one. There are more, but I can only afford three each year at $12 a jar.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:42 AM
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Yes. When I lived in Minnesota, I knew a beekeeping family, and I could get 3 lbs jars for $5. I bought so much I stopped making beer and starting making mead. I've got a five gallon batch that I made with 15lbs(!) of honey. It finished around 12% abv, and it's been aging since Obama took office. Since it was my first mead, and the election was right around then, it's been dubbed my inaugural mead.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:49 AM
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I used to put honey in a lot of stuff when I lived in Bulgaria. I would get it from an old guy who sold it in jars on the side of the road in my village. Keeping bees is pretty common in Bulgaria and I had lots of different flavored honeys, which often tasted strongly of the pollen the bees had consumed. My region of BG is a big rose producing area and there's a lot of rose honey. It's pretty interesting.

Since coming back to the US, I almost never eat it, because it's just crap in comparison. Maybe one day I'll find some independent beekeeper that produces equally good honey, but the stuff in the stores isn't even the same product.
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:05 AM
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I would like to eat honey a lot more often than I do. It tastes great in tea (try Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea with it), on buttered toast or biscuits, and in peanut butter and honey sandwiches. I also used to cook with it a lot.
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:39 AM
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Hmmm. I'll use honey instead of sugar, but there aren't many things I would use sugar for in the first place.

I do use honey every day in my tea.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:31 AM
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I used to put honey in a lot of stuff when I lived in Bulgaria. I would get it from an old guy who sold it in jars on the side of the road in my village. Keeping bees is pretty common in Bulgaria and I had lots of different flavored honeys, which often tasted strongly of the pollen the bees had consumed. My region of BG is a big rose producing area and there's a lot of rose honey. It's pretty interesting.

Since coming back to the US, I almost never eat it, because it's just crap in comparison. Maybe one day I'll find some independent beekeeper that produces equally good honey, but the stuff in the stores isn't even the same product.
Personally, I like clover honey and orange blossom.
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Old 02-12-2011, 01:25 PM
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Since coming back to the US, I almost never eat it, because it's just crap in comparison. Maybe one day I'll find some independent beekeeper that produces equally good honey, but the stuff in the stores isn't even the same product.
I saw a news article several months ago that described problems with roadside honey stands in North Carolina...apparently, some vendors were selling corn syrup labeled as honey, or were cutting their honey with corn syrup. Maybe you encountered something like that; the honey I like to use has a very distinct taste. I love drinking hot tea with honey; it really adds a nice flavor without overwhelming the tea.
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Old 02-13-2011, 10:50 AM
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I have a big 32oz container of every-day honey. I have 3 jars of "special" honey I get from a German vendor at Kristkindlmarket every December. They make an incredible vanilla-bean infused honey, and then another molasses-dark one, and an orange-blossom one. There are more, but I can only afford three each year at $12 a jar.
Wow that sounds delicious. Did you get a taste test before committing?
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