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About OUR HONEY
Our bees forage an area of suburbia near Lake Winnebago. It's full of set-aside grasslands and hardwood forest along the geological feature we call "the ledge". The image shows our immediate meadow lands and woodland, full of white clover and sumac. Spring water trickles from the ledge-rock in areas. When the black locust trees are in blossom - you can literally HEAR THE TREES! In summer, the area is ABUZZ.
Our Bees are SPOILED. They have their own house and their keeper is diligent about keeping "issues" at bay. Happy bees = Happy honey.
NO HONEY BEARS HERE. (no honey in plastic) We choose GLASS JARS - which can be rewarmed from crystallization....ever see what happens to a honey bear when you put it in the microwave? Someone call Animal Health & Protective Services!
Color and flavor variation is common from year to year...as the bees resources of nectar changes. Generally, the darker the honey - the more "flavorful". Remember that when you're enjoying your honey - you are TASTING A MOMENT IN TIME - that flower will never bloom again.
Crystallized honey has NOT "gone bad". Let's change our perception of of crystallization! "CRYSTALLIZATION IS A BADGE OF HONOR" - it means you have REAL HONEY (UNPROCESSED) FROM THE HIVE...and not through an INDUSTRIALIZED PROCESS. Many times, the honey from the store shelf doesn't crystallize because it's been HEATED (pasteurized), ULTRA-FILTERED and in worse case scenario, blended with corn syrup!
What is Honey?
Honey is concentrated flower nectar. Each bee only makes 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime - so when you look at a JAR of honey - you're looking at the POWER OF POPULATION (60,000 to 80,000 bees in each hive at it's summertime peak). (bee-power rather than man-power)
Why are there different colors?
The reason honey varies in both color and flavor is....FLOWERS VARY both seasonally and regionally.
RAW honey vs. PROCESSED honey:
RAW HONEY definition: honey as it exists from the beehive, obtained by extracting & straining WITHOUT ADDING HEAT (140 degrees). Raw honey contains some pollen. Local raw honey is sought after by allergy sufferers.
Our history with the honey bee:
For TENS of THOUSANDS of years - humans have kept bees close. The honeybee is THE ONLY INSECT that produces "FOOD" for human consumption. As much as we adore THE HONEY - POLLINATION is worth 10 times the value of honey. It is said that EVERY THIRD BITE YOU EAT required pollination from a bee. (a third of our food supply)
Why do bees make honey?
Honey is their FOOD. Just like humans require a balance between carbohydrates (energy) and protein (body builders) - it's the same with the bees. Honey is their ENERGY - Pollen is their PROTEIN. They store this precious cargo away for when flowers no longer bloom (winter).
How do they make it?
Converting NECTAR into HONEY: The field bee draws NECTAR (80% water, 20% sugar) from the flower into her "nectar stomach". Her body adds enzymes that start converting the sugars. She returns to the hive and transfers it to a "storage bee". Her body adds enzymes. In the process of adding enzymes and fanning the moisture out....the bees turn NECTAR into HONEY (80% sugar, 20% water).
HELP - my honey is crystallizing!
Don't worry! This is NATURAL for unpasteurized RAW honey (that's a good thing - you know you have the real stuff).
Remember, the temperature in the hive is 90 plus degrees - honey stays liquid at that temperature and my guess is - your house isn't that warm?!
IT's NOT SPOILED...it just needs a little warming up. You can set it in the sunshine and let the sun do it. Or warm it on the stove-top. THE TRICK IS: to WARM the honey - NOT BOIL IT (over 140 degrees & it's pasteurized). Pasteurization can chemically change/destroy the beneficial effects of your honey.
HERE'S WHAT YOU DO: take your honey container and immerse it in a pot of water so that the water comes within 1 inch short of the lid. Take your honey container out! Bring your water to a boil, turn the burner off, put your honey container in and just let it warm through. Walk away. Remember to take the cap off or loosen the lid on the honey jar when you put it in the water.
Honey is not for babies!
Although honey is a natural, healthy food that normally doesn't support bacterial life, it can carry C. botulinum spores which may harm undeveloped immune systems of infants.
Infants' (up to one year of age) immune systems are not yet developed enough to fend off this normally benign strain. By the age of one year, most children have developed enough to resistance.
It should be noted that the botulism spore can also be found in dust, soil and other uncooked foods that older children and adults are exposed to daily.
The risk is minimal. Yet, it is avoidable.
the consumption of crystallized and/or SPUN honey is really popular in Europe - actually preferred in some parts. Crystallizing means - you have the REAL stuff. Fun things to do with your crystallized honey: WHIP IT! WHIP IT GOOD! whipping it will turn it into SPUN HONEY. add a bit of "orange flavor"....oh yummy.
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