While heating honey to 150 degrees tends to stall crystallization, heating honey to 98° causes loss of nearly 200 compounds. Heating to 104° destroys invertase, the bee enzyme that converts nectar to honey. Pasteurized honey is heated to 170° and held there for four to five minutes, essentially destroying the nutrition. Heating honey to high temperatures causes it to burn, changes the flavor and destroys the compounds that have health benefits. For the best honey, the consumer should buy filtered, unprocessed honey locally.
Store tightly sealed liquid honey in a dry place at room temperature for up to 1 year. Store comb and chunk honey for 6 months. While honey can be frozen, it should not be refrigerated. When kept at too cool a temperature or when refrigerated, honey crystallizes, becoming gooey and grainy. Honey can be re-liquefied by placing in the sun or in a pan of hot water over low heat for 10-15 minutes . Do not microwave as it will destroy nutrients.
Honey can be substituted for sugar, and sugar substituted for honey. However,
since honey is ounce for ounce sweeter than sugar, you need to use less of it in
Sugar Substitution: 1 1/4 cup sugar + 1/4 cup water = 1 cup honey
Honey Substitution :
1 C. sugar = 3/4 C. honey minus 1/4 C. liquid or plus 4 Tbs. flour plus 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 C. sugar = 6 Tbs. honey minus 2 Tbs. liquid or plus 2 Tbs. flour plus 1/8 tsp. baking soda
1/3 C. sugar = 1/4 C. honey minus 1 1/2 Tbs. liquid or plus 1 1/2 Tbs. flour plus 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 C. sugar = 3 Tbs. honey minus 1 Tbs. liquid or plus 1 Tbs. flour plus 1/16 tsp. baking soda
Cook cakes and other baked goods made with honey 25° lower to prevent overbrowning. Honey softens cookie batters. For crisper variety of cookies, add 4 Tbs. flour for each 3/4 cup honey used.
Honey Conversion Charts
|Convert honey volume to weight chart:|
|cup US||1||340g||12 oz||0.75 lb||0.34Kg||16||48|
|ounce||0.08||28g||1 oz||0.06 lb||0.03Kg||1.3||4|
|fluid ounce||0.1||42.5g||1.5 oz||0.09 lb||0.04Kg||2||6|
|pound||1.33||453.6g||15.9 oz||1 lb||0.45Kg||21||64|
|kilogram||2.94||1000g||35.3 oz||2.2 lb||1Kg||47||141|
|tablespoon||0.06||21g||0.75 oz||0.05 lb||0.02Kg||1||3|
|teaspoon||0.02||7.1g||0.25 oz||0.015 lb||0.007Kg||0.33||1|
|Honey equivalent measurements|
|⅛ cup of honey||42.5 gram||1.5 ounce||2 tbl.sp|
|¼ cup of honey||85 gram||3 ounce||4 tbl.sp|
|⅓ cup of honey||113.3 gram||4 ounce||5.3 tbl.sp|
|⅜ cup of honey||127.5 gram||4.5 ounce||6 tbl.sp|
|½ cup of honey||170 gram||6 ounce||8 tbl.sp|
|⅝ cup of honey||212.5 gram||7.5 ounce||10 tbl.sp|
|⅔ cup of honey||226.7 gram||8 ounce||10.7 tbl.sp|
|¾ cup of honey||255 gram||9 ounce||12 tbl.sp|
|⅞ cup of honey||297.5 gram||10.5 ounce||14 tbl.sp|
|1 cup of honey||340 gram||12 oz||16 tbl.sp|
To Accurately Measure Honey
If you have baked or cooked with honey before, you know what a sticky mess it can be to remove the honey from the measuring cup. An easy solution is to coat the inside of the measuring cup with a thin film of vegetable oil. The honey will slide out easily and mess free.