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What should I do with my honey?

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I received two medium sized jars of honey from my friends who keep bees. The problem is that I am not a fan of honey. I don't like baklava or toast and honey or peanut butter and honey. If honey is one of several ingredients in a recipe then I like it. I am open to suggestions, they can be sweet or savory. I'd like to put this gift to good use.

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  1. You don't have to worry about using it up because honey never goes bad, even if it crystalizes... although I like it when it's like that. If it does crystalize, just set the jar in the microwave (1 min.) or in a pan of hot water to warm it back to it's molten state.
    A tbls mixed in Balamic vinegar with gratted orange rind and olive oil makes a great salad dressing.

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    1. re: Ida Red

      Yup - I've read that perfectly edible honey has been found in Egyptian tombs. I think yours will be OK for a while yet.

      1. re: Ida Red

        That is really good to know that it keeps for along time, thanks.

      2. Use it as part of a marinade/brine for your meats such as Pork and chicken. I recently made one with a couple tablespoons honey, a good slosh of white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, a bit of water and chili oil. Add other ingredients if they're just lying around.

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        1. re: Curtis

          That's a great idea, I have some pork chops in the fridge. Thanks

        2. Honey can be great in savory dishes that can be enhanced by a floral sweetness and gooey texture. As others have noted, sauces, marinades, and vinaigrettes come to mind. Bobby Flay seems to use alot of honey in his cooking and BBQ sauces, and honey mustard dressing is a classic. The Zuni figs and chicken dish that has been recently discussed uses a bit of honey in the sauce to counterbalance the vinegar.

          These days, I would also use honey in my poaching liquid for pears or in desserts w/ apples or pears. Also great in an oatmeal porridge for breakfast. Honeys really vary, so who knows, you might find that you enjoy this honey on toast. I personally love toasted multigrain bread w/ some Irish butter and mild honey...mmmm...

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          1. re: Carb Lover

            What's Irish butter?

            1. re: Sweet Pea

              Nothing fancy, just good butter from Ireland. I buy the Kerrygold brand carried at TJ's (see link). I think it costs about $3 for 8 oz.

              Link: http://www.kerrygold.com/usa/irishbut...

            2. re: Carb Lover

              Carb Lover, those are all great ideas, especially there pears.

            3. When a friend brought me a quart of sorghum, I gave it to another friend who likes sorghum and was delighted to get it.

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              1. re: N Tocus

                I was thinking about doing that as I have a couple of friends who use it a lot, but I thought it would be better to expand my cooking/eating horizons and ask here before regifting it. In fact, the people who gave me the honey will let me take more if I'd like to share it with others.

              2. Did your friend tell you what general type the honey is in terms of where the bees were working? If it is a light honey and you really don't care for it I second other recs to gift to a honey lover. If it is a distinctively flavored honey I would try it now and again just dribbled over vanilla ice cream, good yogurt, etc. to see if your taste for it changes. If your experience with honey is the grocery store variety, I heartily recommend giving the fresh from the hive stuff a try.

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                1. re: Torty

                  The honey is clover and vetch. I wish I could say I only have tasted grocery store honey but I make beeswax candles and my wax supplier has an assortment of honeys which I have either received samples of or tasted in their store.