Note To Parents
Do Not feed honey to infants under 1 year of age !!!!
Do Not add honey to your baby's food, water, or formula.
Do Not dip your baby's pacifier in honey.
Do Not give your baby honey as medicine.
Honey may contain bacterial spores than can cause infant botulism - a rare but serious disease that affects the nervous system of young babies. Botulism spores are common and may be found in dust, soil and uncooked foods. Adults and children over 1 year of age are routinely exposed to, but not normally affected by, botulism spores.
The following are symptoms of infant botulism. Call your doctor immediately if your baby:
- is too weak to suck or cry as usual
- does not want to feed or cannot swallow
- has weak arms, legs or neck
- suffers from constipation for more than 3 days
Cooking with Honey
For best results, use recipes developed for using honey.
When substituting honey for granulated sugar in recipes, begin by substituting honey for up to half of the sugar called for in the recipe. With a little experimentation, honey can replace all the sugar in some recipes.
When baking with honey, remember the following:
Reduce any liquid called for by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used.
Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for each cup of honey used.
Reduce oven temperature by 25°F to prevent over-browning.
Because of its high fructose content, honey has a higher sweetening power than sugar. This means you can use less honey than sugar to achieve the desired sweetness. For example, try substituting 3/4 cup of honey for 1 cup of Sugar.
When measuring honey, coat the measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray or vegetable oil before adding the honey. The honey will slide right out.
A 12-ounce jar of honey equals a standard measuring cup.
Honey absorbs and retains moisture readily so baked goods will stay fresh longer.
Buying and Storage Tips
Select mildly flavored honeys for use in cooking where delicate flavors predominate. Use strongly flavored honeys in spreads or other recipes where a distinct honey flavor is desired.
Store honey at room temperature. If honey crystalizes, heat water in a pan on a burner of the stove until the water just starts to boil. Remove the pan from the stove. If the water is hotter than 120 degrees, cool it down before placing the honey container in the pan of hot water. Let the honey sit in the warm water until the crystals disolve. If the crystals don't all disolve the first time you try this, remove the honey from the pan and heat the water again up to 120 degrees. Remove the pan from the stove. Place the honey container back in the pan of hot water. In time, it will decrystalize and be the same wonderful flavor you had before.
You can also place the honey container where it can sit in the sunlight and let nature heat the honey and decrystalize it.