Tuesday, September 18, 2012
How to Make Lavender Honey
I was recently at the house of one of my dear friends, Karla, when she served some delicious cheese and crackers with lavender honey to drizzle on top. It was exquisite.
Karla is one of the few people I know who loves cheese as much as I do. We are cheese kindred spirits. But this isn't about cheese. It's about honey. Sorry. I'm easily distracted when it comes to fromage.
I loved the lavender honey so much that I decided to try and make some myself. It turns out that it is very simple to make, and with really great results.
In order to get started you will need to make sure you have culinary quality lavender, which means it's been cultivated for human consumption. I bought mine at a local health food store, but you can also find it at many farms, specialty stores or even amazon.com!
Start by heating the honey, on low in a small saucepan until it starts to simmer. Then add the lavender, stir and remove from heat.
Now, you want to add 1/2 tablespoon of lavender for every 1/2 cup of honey. So, if you use a cup of honey, you would use 1 tablespoon of lavender, and so on.
Pour the warm honey and lavender into a bowl, cover, and allow to just sit, at room temperature, for 24 hours. Aren't you loving how easy this is?
After 24 hours of the honey and lavender infusing, return to the saucepan and bring to a simmer once again. As soon as it is simmering, remove from heat and pour the honey and lavender through a mesh strainer into a jar.
Allow the jar to cool to room temperature and store the honey in the fridge for 6 - 8 months.
My first order of business was getting my fresh lavender honey atop some deliciously stinky blue cheese, served on a rosemary and onion cracker. Uhm...yum. I mean, like, seriously yum. Seriously.
A few other ideas I have stored up for this honey:
- Drizzle on top of homemade pizza with salami and Italian sausage.
- Use to sweeten all kinds of tea, including Chai. I think it would be divine with Chai.
- Add a little to oatmeal, or any other hot cereal.
- Continue to eat with all kinds of cheese. Duh.
- Use in a chicken marinade along with some soy sauce, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Would also make great gifts for friends and co-workers around Christmas time.
I really hope that you give this a try. It is so easy and sooo tasty. Enjoy!