How to Make Jalapeno Honey
Honey bees gather nectar from millions of flowers to produce honey. This produces raw honey that varies greatly in color and flavor. You can take this flavor experience one step further using Jalapeno peppers. Make your own Jalapeno honey by infusing raw honey with peppers.
Infusing Honey with Herbs and Flavors
While honey flavor is determined by the flowers that bees like, we can add flavors too!
Infused honey is made by adding a hint of flavor from various herbs, fruits or flowers.
Traditionally, fresh herbs are gathered and washed. After removing any dirt, old leaves etc, they are placed in a nylon bag and placed into a jar of honey.
Now, the wait begins. Place your jar of honey in a sunny windowsill. Over the next couple of weeks, the honey takes on some of the herbal flavor.
Popular flavors are rosemary, mints, lavender and chamomile. But you don’t have to stop there – you can make hot flavored honey.
Making Hot Honey Quickly
Sometimes you need a special honey in a hurry. No problem. You can make Jalapeno Honey in a short period of time.
Normally, I am not in favor of heating honey. Heat can destroy some of the natural nutrients and enzyme properties of raw honey.
However, heat is necessary in order to speed up the infusion process. Warmth encourages the release of the jalapeno essence.
To protect the integrity of my honey as much as possible, I warm it in a double boiler. Also, the honey never reaches a truly hot temperature.
Note: If do not wish to heat honey, use the sunny windowsill method. That way of making honey infused with Jalapenos will work just fine too.
- 1 cup of raw honey
- 1 raw jalapeno pepper
- double boiler or equivalent
- spoon or something to stir with
- Measure 1 cup of raw honey into a glass cup or other container. Place this in a double boiler set on low. We want to gently warm the honey.
- Thinly slice one jalapeno pepper. Discard the end and the stem.
- Once the honey is warm, add the sliced jalapeno and stir well. Let this mixture steep for 10 minutes. Do not over heat the honey.
- Remove honey with peppers from heat. Use a strainer to remove the pepper slices and seeds from the honey.
- Seal your jalapeno honey in a jar with a tight lid. **If you leave pepper slices in the jar - use within a couple of days or place in the refrigerator.
The excess moisture from the pepper slices could cause the honey to ferment if left on the counter.
** Be sure to label your jar of hot honey to avoid mistakes in the kitchen
** This recipe produces a mild pepper flavor. To create a hotter honey use 2 or 3 jalapenos per cup of honey.
Jalapeno honey is easy to make and adds some buzz to your sauces and marinades. It is the perfect combination of heat and sweet.
Have fun experimenting and surprise someone with a spoonful of hot honey!
Hot honey makes great gifts too! Choose a small pretty jar and label when giving honey as a gift.
Also, don’t forget about Honey Infused with Lemon and Ginger the next time you have a cold!