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Replacing Orange Blossom Honey

ilinda Dec 15, 2012 04:27 PM

I don't have a tonne of space in my condo, and so don't have the luxury of buying lots of one-off products. I have a recipe that is using Orange Blossom Honey, but instead of buying another jar of something, I am thinking of replacing this specific type of honey with regular (good-quality) honey and orange blossom water. Would that be a good replacement? Or honey and orange juice and rind, or frozen orange concentrate?
Those who have tried this special honey, can you recommend the best replacement?

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    HillJ RE: ilinda Dec 15, 2012 04:32 PM

    Since the flavor of orange in orange blossom honey is very subtle I'd try steeping freshly grated orange peel in warmed honey and then let it come to room temp to rebalance. I wouldn't add oj or oj concentrate because it will change the honey into a thinner different product...unless you're using it in a recipe that calls for a liquid of some sort.

    1. roxlet RE: ilinda Dec 15, 2012 04:51 PM

      I have never, ever noticed an "orange" flavor with orange blossom honey. I'd just substitute any mild honey, and it will be just fine.

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        HillJ RE: roxlet Dec 15, 2012 04:55 PM

        When I open a new jar of orange blossom honey the first thing I do is smell the orange scent. It's far from a strong fragrance but if it's the real deal it should have an orange scent.

        To the OP if the recipe you're following calls for an orange flavor than you can replicate by using orange zest and a regular honey. If the orange flavor is not important, skip the zest.

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          roxlet RE: HillJ Dec 16, 2012 05:31 PM

          Well, you obviously have a better snoot than I do, though I can't remember ever having opened a jar of honey and smelling it.

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            HillJ RE: roxlet Dec 16, 2012 05:38 PM

            ROFL, compliment accepted :)

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            hotoynoodle RE: HillJ Dec 16, 2012 05:55 PM


            most supermarket honey isn't really honey at all, so unless you live near orange groves and buy honey from a beekeeper (which perhaps you do?), i doubt you're smelling orange blossoms at all.

            op: don't sweat it. if you want to cook or use honey on a regular basis, it's worth buying the good stuff so you're not just paying for hfcs in a squeeze bear.

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              HillJ RE: hotoynoodle Dec 16, 2012 06:05 PM

              I buy honey from Savannah Bee Co. All of their honeys have individual fragrances actually. Quite beautiful while very subtle (which I've said three xs right). I highly recommend you buy yourself a sampler. Sounds like you're missing out.

              If the OP had shared the recipe they were working through I would be happy to be more helpful. Not enough info there.

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                hotoynoodle RE: HillJ Dec 16, 2012 06:33 PM

                my b/f is the honey consumer and we buy it from a local beekeeper here in mass. :)

                have seen oceans of so-called orange blossom honey at supermarkets though, so sorry i was dubious.

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                  HillJ RE: hotoynoodle Dec 16, 2012 06:54 PM

                  None of the local beekeepers in NJ have rocked my world. Wish I could buy local and "bee" satisfied.

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                    hotoynoodle RE: HillJ Dec 16, 2012 07:37 PM

                    we got a blueberry honey from last year's csa that really rocked even my world.

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                  roxlet RE: HillJ Dec 16, 2012 06:50 PM

                  Nice web site. I doubt most "Orange Blossom" honeys ar as aromatic and lovely as theirs.

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