Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mint Infused Honey

From the Garden: Mint-Infused Honey

Honey is a staple ingredient in our home. Sometimes though it gets kind of old eating honey the same way al the time. So what better way than to add a shot of flavor to your honey? This stuff is great for things like tea, (green tea especially!), for eating and for adding a minty-sweet flavor to desserts. 

Here's how you can add a minty hint to your honey right at home!

  1. Wash and Dry your mint leaves. Pull the leaves from the stems and put them in a salad spinner. If you don't have a salad spinner like myself then use a large pot with a colander inside it. Fill with water and swish the leaves around, let it sit for 10 minutes or more.
  2. After that, lift the colander from the water, drain well and spread them out on a paper towel to dry.
  3. Put the leaves in a clean jar. Pack them in the jar so that its 1/2- 3/4 full. Fill the jar with honey. 
  4. Seal the jar with a tight fitting lid and place it in a sunny window. Make sure the lid is tight and won't leak. 
  5. Turn the jar over every other day so that the flavor permeates all the honey. 
  6. After a month, strain the leaves from the honey. Store the honey is a clean jar. You can eat the leaves now if you'd like. They're candied and yummy to eat! 

How can I use Mint-Infused Honey? 

  • You can put a spoonful in hot tea... Or even in iced tea! 
  • Add to flavor baked goodies and sweeten jams.  
  • Use for a sunburn. Just rub it on there and feel the mint cool your burn! 

Now go out and pick those mint leaves and gather the honey then come back here and tell me what you think! 

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