I like to plan a head when it comes to making herb honey. I want to be sure to have plenty of my favorite herbs to flavor the honey. It takes 2 months for the herbs to infuse the honey, so if I want to give the honey away for Christmas I better prepare.
Growing herbs - Woody herbs make the best honey, lavender, rosemary, thyme and sage. I also love rose petals, lemon verbena and lemon balm.
Choosing honey- You can pick your honey to match your herbs, but I find that a pain in the butt. I like to use clover or wildflower honey. They are mild and take the herb flavors well.
Preparing herbs- You can use either dried or fresh herbs. Fresh herbs will add more flavor. When using fresh herbs, be sure to wash and dry your herbs well. You will need 1 cup of fresh herbs or 3/4 cup of dried herbs for every quart.
Preparing honey – Put your honey in a warm place so that it is easy to poor. If your honey is thick, warm it just until it runs.
Containers – You will need quart jars with non corrosive lids to infuse your honey. Canning jars work great. You will also need jars for gift giving.
Making your honey – Place your herbs in a clean dry quart jar. Use 1/2 cup of fresh herbs or 3/4 cup of dried herbs. Poor in honey. Leave about 1 in. head space. If you have warmed your honey let it cool. Put on non corrosive lid. Hide your honey away, in a cool dark place, for two months.
If you are tempted to taste your honey during this time be sure to use a clean spoon. Honey has a long shelf life but you have altered this honey, now your self life is about a year. You can keep this honey in the fridge if you would like.
Gifts- Find the jars you want to use. My little sister always used 1/2 pint canning jars. You may find cuter jars online….while you are at it, look for honey pots you can give with your honey. You may also want to give tea, a tea pot and an infuser along with the herb honey.
You can include a spring of the herb in each gift jar. You will find that some herbs, especially dried herbs will float to the top. You can dig these off of the top and use the clearer honey underneath.
Use your honeys to sooth sore throats or make a tea and sip it for an upset stomach.
This post is dedicated to my daughter Syd, today she would have been 38 years old.