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Sep 22, 2011 05:55 PM

I am drowning in honey!

First year beekeeper and I am now the proud owner of about 50 lbs. of delicious, miraculous honey from my one beehive. Even after I give my children each their fair share (how much will it cost to send a container of honey to B.C.???), give a jar to all of my friends and make the requisite honey cake, baklava and my famous honey pumpkin pie, I will still have more honey than I have any idea what to do with. I need recipes. Specifically I need GOOD recipes for delicious food that makes good use of this wonder of nature. I'd like some main dish ideas also. I don't need any recipes that call for one teaspoon of honey - we're talking major honey here. I'm happy but overwhelmed!

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  1. Check out recipes for gastriques with honey (Thomas Keller, for eg.). You'll use about a cup at a time for the reduction sauce.
    Granola with honey.

    1. That is quite the accomplishment! Man, I love honey and appreciate all the work that goes into producing it. I like to infuse my honey with ingredients such as chipotle powder and lime to drizzle on fruit. I also like making honey glazes for duck and pork.

      You can store toasted nuts in honey and use on a cheese board. Though I have not made this yet I plan to very soon...Roasted Chestnuts with Black Pepper Honey.

      If you like truffles and are feeling decadent, you can store a small whole one in honey.

      I use this website for honey dishes (including entrees)...

      1. I have to go to a potluck on Saturday and I think I'll do broiled feta with honey and pepper as an appetizer and then baklava. That'll take care of, oh, about 1/100th of it...

        1. Make mead! A nice dry mead goes with all kinds of things and it's not that much of an investment for the equipment. This forum has great ideas/recipes:

          I am so jealous. My significant other informs me that while I cannot have 9 dogs, I will be permitted bees some day... :)

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          1. re: Vetter

            Why can't you have 9 dogs AND bees? Honestly, some people are just unreasonable.

            1. re: Nyleve

              HA! Oh, Nyleve, I am so going to enjoy showing him your post.

            2. re: Vetter

              Mead was going to be my suggestion too.. my father made some about 20 years ago that I still remember with longing!!

            3. Are there any local restaurants or bakeries you could sell it to? Of course, the law and all parties' regard for it would be a factor, but there is a market for it, especially if it is still on the comb.

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              1. re: babette feasts

                I don't think I'll have trouble selling my excess to friends - so probably no need to find a market. This is absolutely not a money-making endeavour, when it comes right down to it. Even though a friend gave me her used bee equipment, I still had to buy the actual bees, then some odds and ends of supplies, then paid a local farmer to help me extract the I think I'm supposed to be doing something to treat the bees before winter sets in. This honey is probably costing me $5 a lb.! Same nonsense with my end of eggs but still, you have to feed them.

                1. re: Nyleve

                  I always wondered how economical it would be to have, oh maybe, a half dozen chickens. I have a farm right down the block that I can get eggs any old time. I need to be talked out of getting my own unless it's a really great idea.

                  1. re: coll

                    You do it because you love doing it. Not to save money. Unless I were to sell my eggs for $10 a dozen, I doubt it would make a profit. The chickens need feed, they sometimes get killed by things and they do tie you down to some extent. When we go away we hire a housesitter - dog, two cats, chickens - which costs $$$. It's less onerous than when we also had horses and goats, but still it's a responsibility, and not a cheap one. The bees are less work but the first year, anyway, isn't going to make money. BUT having said all that, I have as many eggs as I can eat and they're happy eggs from happy chickens. I now have beautiful honey which is nothing short of a miracle. It's a life, not a plan. A really great idea? Depends on what you mean by great.

                    1. re: Nyleve

                      Wow, I loved every thing you just said.

                      1. re: Nyleve

                        They tell me if you raise the chicks from babies, they grow very attached to you and are like pets. I do have three cats who love us already (indoor only, so no threat to livestock) however I always wondered about the price of feed. Chick starter, egg producer and so on, sounds sort of complicated (should start a new thread I guess). My husband's Italian grandmother exclusively fed hers leftover spaghetti, or at least the legend goes. That's more what I had in mind!

                        There's a lavender bee farm nearby and after touring it, not sure if I'd be cut out for beekeeping. Despite the bounty that is yours, I have trouble if I end up with 2 or 3 jars accidentally and have to come up with ideas for those.

                        1. re: coll

                          I have to say that chickens - which I know a whole lot more about than bees - are wonderful, lovely creatures. They do become attached - even if you don't raise them from chicks. I take kitchen scraps out to them every day and if they see me coming with a bucket the run at me like a stampede. I have a couple of genius hens - Albertina Einstein and Stephanie Hawking - who come into the house if the door is open. I've found them in the dining room trying to peck the designs on the Persian rug. I love my girls and actually go to chicken auctions where they sell every kind of chicken imaginable and, unlike Sotheby's for instance, I can afford to bid on absolutely anything I want! So they're totally worth it. Our cats don't touch the chickens - in fact I've seen one of the cats chased by a hen - and neither does the dog. But foxes, raccoons - not good news.

                          1. re: Nyleve

                            Yeah I've heard about raccoons. How about hawks, we have tons here. I could probably get full grown regular or exotic chickens for free, people are always buying them for pets and then dumping them in a burlap sack at Agway before they open in the morning. There's a chicken farm that takes them all, luckily, (which is where I get my eggs by the way) but I could always put in a special order.

                            Love your chicken's names! Now you're making me think about it again. And then maybe a goat or two, who knows? Guess they don't eat tin cans though, do they? (Just joking!)