Infusing Honey with Lemon and Ginger
The consumption of natural foods has many benefits on our well being. In addition to promoting good health, honey is often used to ease the discomfort of sore throats or coughs. Readily available in most homes, you can infuse honey with lemon and ginger to create a soothing hot drink.
What is Infused Honey?
Honey is made by bees. They gather nectar from blooming flowers and convert the sweet nectar into honey. Because honey keeps for a long time, it is a perfect food for the bees to store over Winter.
This long lasting quality of honey makes it a wonderful food product for long term storage for us as well. Every home should have a jar of honey in the pantry.
Infusing honey is easy. Start with a mild flavored honey that is warmed to 115°F. Add the flavoring of your choice. This might be dried herbs, cinnamon, peppers etc.
The warmed honey and additives is then allowed to sit in the sealed jars for a period of a few days or more. Some recipes for infused honey direct you to strain it to remove solids
Lemons & Ginger – Tasty and Good for You
Lemons are a excellent source of vitamin C and other antioxidants. Providing several different vitamins, lemon juice is a traditional ingredient in hot teas.
Ginger is also antibacterial and provides a soothing tasty treat for soothing the tummy. Both of these ingredients blend well with the taste of all varieties of honey.
How to Make Infused Honey with Lemon and Ginger
- clean glass jar – pint size
- mild flavored honey
- fresh ginger
- 1 lemon
Step 1: Peel a 1 inch piece of raw ginger. Using a knife, slice the ginger. It is okay to make the slices thin or thicker – either way you prefer.
Step 2: Slice one whole lemon in equal width slices. Add the lemon slices and ginger pieces to the glass jar.
Step 3: Using a double boiler, heat your honey to a temp of 115 degrees F. We do not normally recommend heating raw honey because it may destroy some of the nutrients. However, for infusing – warm honey works best.
Step 4: Pour the warmed honey into the jar containing the lemon slices and ginger pieces. Now, add a lid to the jar and invert the jar several times to mix well.
Let the infused honey sit for a couple of days. You may want to periodically invert the jar to mix but that is optional. After a few days, your infused honey is ready to use.
Using Infused Honey in Tea
My favorite way to use this honey, lemon and ginger infusion is to add it a hot tea. I add 2 large tablespoons to a cup of hot tea.
You can add more if you wish. Choose the amount that your taste buds prefer. It feels very good on a tender throat.
After a couple of days, you may want to store your infused honey mix in the refrigerator. This can prolong freshness.
Important Note About Infused Honey
While pure honey will last indefinitely, infused honey may not. This is especially true when we are adding any liquid to the honey.
When using wet ingredients such as lemons, the honey will pull the moisture from the lemon slices and become thinner. High moisture honey can ruin or ferment.
If your jar of infused honey begins to smell yeast-like, it is time to throw it out and make a new batch.
This is why I like to make it in a small pint jar. For one person, you might even consider using a half-pint size.
This is just one of the many wonderful uses for honey. Enjoy this sweet treat the next time your family needs a soothing hot drink.