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Mar 27, 2013 08:20 AM

What can I do with a ton of crystallized honey?

We have slowed down on our honey consumption, so I now have about half of a 5-lb jug that is crystallized. I know how to melt it, but I'm really looking to use it up quickly. Anybody have any recipes calling for a lot of honey?

Have already done a few batches of medieval gingerbread (breadcrumbs and spices boiled in honey and rolled into balls), but would like to try something else.

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    1. re: travelerjjm

      I adore mead! Do you have a recipe? We've got brewing equipment leftover from our long-ago brewing days that may come in handy if we do this.

      1. re: Isolda

        Very thorough mead-making instructions with links to a few different recipes:

        You can also make a jerky cure with honey -- 2 parts honey, 2 parts soy sauce, 1 part lemon juice and whatever herbs you like, and the Nat'l Honey Board has instructions/proportions on their website for canning and pickling with honey instead of sugar.

    2. It won't spoil, so you don't have use it up. When ours crystalizes we don't bother to melt it and just use it as is. Mead sounds like a good option to use up lots of it at once.

      1. Make some sugaring wax and throw a hair removal party.

        1. This called to mind one of the many fascinating, bizarre revelations in Mary Roach's best-seller, "Stiff", which is about human cadavers. In ancient Egypt, certain elderly people volunteered to eat nothing but honey until they died.
          Their bodies were then cut up as a confectionary. This "human candy" was supposed to have health-giving properties. Since honey is antiseptic, it probably preserved the tissue......

          Why did you reduce your use of honey? Since you have done this it seems unlikely that you CAN use it up quickly in anything edible/drinkable. Try googling for cosmetic uses - face masks, depilatories, and hair conditioning treatments.

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            1. re: greygarious

              Wow, that was seriously gross. Fascinating, but gross, outranking even cod worms and fig wasps. Gotta love this site.

              I think we cut back because the main consumer of honey, my 16 y.o. son, went off it after a 2-year long honey jag, in which he consumed at least three bowls of cheerios doused with the stuff each morning.

              Love the idea of using it for cosmetics, though.

            2. Honey tastes better crystalized because it has texture, imo. I'd say use it sparingly on yogurt for textural contrast. The idea for non-food methods sounds good too. Good Luck.