Psalms from the Hive

by Jeannie Saum

Honey

Golden, fragrant, sweet

Dripping, satisfying, rewarding

But sometimes it crystallizes!

Now what?

Honey Butter!

Clover, Bee, and Revery

Reverie (revery) –(n.) state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing; a fantastic, visionary, or impractical idea.

We hauled 15 jars of honey out to Kansas for my mom to give as gifts.  When we got there we discovered that it had all crystallized!  Gee, was if from leaving in the cold car for days??  Guessed we had lots of work ahead, to warm it back to liquid and replace ruined labels. But her rapidly worsening illness and passing meant we brought  all the honey home with us.

Talking with our beekeeping partners, Laurie and Pete, we found  that their fall honey had all crystallized as well.  And they hadn’t kept it in a cold car for days.  Hmmm.. . Some research on the Internet led us to discover that goldenrod honey from the fall flow often crystallizes quickly due to the low moisture content.  Interesting to know.

crystallized honey on right
crystallized honey on right

Fortunately, Laurie had already discovered a silver lining to this perceived disaster.  Honey Butter!  Or sometimes called, whipped honey, spun honey, honey fondant (I like that one!)  She had done some web research and found out how to make honey butter. (I love living in this time of instant information – you can find the answer to ANYTHING in minutes!)  She’d already made some and raved about how much better she and her other tasting guinea pigs liked it – even better than drippy, sticky, liquid honey.  She gave us a little jar, we took it home and tried it –  and I’M HOOKED!

Honey butter is a thick, smooth, spreadable honey that doesn’t run off your toast, doesn’t run down the side of the jar, doesn’t get all over your hands, or drip on your shirt.  BUT IT’S STILL 100% PURE, HONEY.  Only the texture has changed.  Not the taste, or the positive healthful qualities.

It is made by controlling the crystallization of the honey, much like one makes sourdough bread by using a starter dough.  You add a small amount (10%) of made or purchased honey butter to liquid honey, put it in a cool place for a week, and VOILA, the whole jar of liquid honey becomes thick, smooth, spreadable honey fondant!

a new form of honey
a new form of honey

Tune in next time for the step by step how-to!

PSALM 119

14 I find joy in the way [shown by] your written instructions more than I find joy in all    

     kinds of riches

 15 I want to reflect on your guiding principles and study your ways.

16 Your laws make me happy. I never forget your word.

17 Be kind to me so that I may live and hold on to your word.

18 Uncover my eyes so that I may see the miraculous things in your teachings.

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