Cooking with Honey

Honey is a wonderful and useful ingredient to use in cooking many delicious and healthy recipes. Read our list of ideas for cooking with honey or check out our recipes section.

  • Reduce the liquid in a recipe by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey you use.
  • Replace sugar with honey: Simply substitute 3/4 cup honey in place of 1 cup of sugar. In cookie recipes using eggs and no additional liquid, increase the flour by 2 tablespoons per cup of honey, or enough flour to give the desired consistency. Chill before shaping and baking.
  • For every cup of honey used in a recipe, increase the baking soda by 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Reduce the oven temperature by 25º to prevent over browning.
  • When baking cookies and scones, use honey to help reduce crumbling.
  • For easy measuring, coat the measuring utensil with vegetable oil or nonstick cooking spray before you measure the honey.
  • To freeze sliced or crushed fruits for the winter, use 1 part strained honey to 4 or 5 parts fruit. For whole fruits, add 1 cup of water to every 2 cups of honey. Use just enough of the diluted honey to cover the fruit.
  • Add honey to fresh fruit or fruit salads. Honey’s acidic nature prevents fruit from turning brown. Use light-flavored honey so it doesn’t mask the fruit flavor.
  • Make your own honey butter spread. Beat together 1/2 cup margarine or butter and 1/3 cup of honey until smooth (about 3 or 4 minutes) and you have honey butter spread. Beelicious!
  • To glaze meat, such as ham or turkey, turn the oven temperature to 225º and baste with honey every 10 to 15 minutes during the last hour of baking.
  • Add honey, 1 teaspoon at a time, to foods that are too spicy or too salty, such as chili. Honey will tame down the spices while enhancing the flavor, and you won’t notice the sweetness.
  • Honey contains a wide array of vitamins, such as vitamin B-6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid.
  • Use honey as a topping on ice cream, pureed fruit or on meat.
  • For a sweet, shiny glaze on your dessert, mix honey with melted butter and drizzle over angel food cake or pound cake.
  • Need a topping for cupcakes or a carrot cake? Soften an 8-oz. package of cream cheese and mix with 1/4 cup of honey and a pinch of salt. Cream until smooth.
  • Brush honey on warm baked goods for a sweet shiny glaze.
  • Combine equal parts Dijon-style mustard and honey. Spread on sandwiches, use as a dip for vegetables and pretzels, or brush on grilled meat and sausages.
  • Drizzle honey over pancakes or cornbread.
  • Sweeten your barbecue sauce by adding 2 tablespoons honey into prepared sauce. Add more to suit your taste.
  • Granulation does not affect the taste or purity of honey. Honey never spoils. It may be used granulated or restored to a liquid. To reliquify honey place the open glass or can container (never plastic) in a pan of hot water until all crystals melt.