Cooking with Raw Honey: Sweet & Savory
Raw honey is a popular natural sweetener that has been used for centuries, known for its flavor and health benefits. While many people use it to sweeten their tea or spread on toast, raw honey can be used in savory dishes as well. In this post, we’ll explore some ways you can incorporate raw honey into your cooking, both sweet and savory.
Use It As A Marinade
Honey makes an excellent marinade ingredient because of its thick consistency and sweetness. It works particularly well when paired with acidic ingredients like vinegar or citrus juice. Try mixing together raw honey, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper to create a simple yet flavorful marinade for chicken or pork.
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Let the meat marinate in the mixture overnight before grilling or roasting it in the oven. The result will be tender and juicy with a slightly caramelized glaze thanks to the natural sugars in the honey.
Add It To Salad Dressings
Honey adds depth and complexity to salad dressings by balancing out flavors from other ingredients like vinegar or mustard while providing a subtle sweetness.
Mix together balsamic vinegar (or any of your favorite vinegars), extra virgin olive oil (or flaxseed oil), dijon mustard (optional), salt and pepper along with one tablespoon of raw honey. Whisk everything together until well-combined then drizzle over your greens.
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You can also add grated ginger root or minced garlic cloves if desired for added flavor depth.
Glaze Roasted Vegetables With Honey
Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness but adding some extra elements wouldn’t hurt either! Combine roasted carrots with thyme-scented butter mixed with fresh lemon zest; caramelize fennel bulbs on high heat while basting them continuously using 2 tablespoons each of melted butter as well as raw Neem tree flower extract mixed with honey (use a 50/50 ratio for both); or drizzle mixed root vegetables like sweet potatoes, beets and parsnips before roasting them in the oven.
Sweeten Up Your Tea
Honey is a great way to sweeten your tea without using traditional sugar. It mixes well with flavored teas like chai, mint and ginger as it enhances their inherent flavors.
To get started, simply brew your favorite tea and add one tablespoon of raw honey per cup of hot water. Stir until dissolved then let cool down to desired temperature.
Make A Honey Mustard Sauce
Honey mustard sauce is not just limited to being used as dipping sauce for chicken nuggets or sandwiches! You can also use it as a marinade for grilled meats or fish. To make the basic version, mix together Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar plus lemon juice , salt and pepper along with two tablespoons each of raw honey & extra-virgin olive oil; whisk everything together until nicely combined then store in an air-tight container inside the fridge overnight before using/serving.
You can also add some chili flakes if you prefer spicy food!
In conclusion, there are many ways you can incorporate raw honey into your cooking beyond just spreading it onto toast. From marinades to dressings to glazes – even tea – this natural sweetener brings depth and complexity when used properly in savory dishes. So next time you reach out for that jar of honey on the shelf feel free to experiment with these ideas!