There is nothing better than pure, local, raw honey.
I buy it by the 25 gallon bucket every year. It sounds like a lot but that’s in weight and we use it in baking, cooking, sauces, marinades, dressings, and medicinally.
I’ll be writing a post soon specifically about raw honey including its healing properties and culinary uses. It’s amazing what natures nectar can do.
With all of the chamomile that I’ve been harvesting from my garden and drying, I decided to make my first herbal honey.
An infusion of chamomile and the sweetest raw honey I have ever had.
It’s sure to calm, relax, soothe the sorest throat or relieve an upset stomach.
This is a winning combination that also works beautifully drizzled over morning toast or in a variety of other culinary uses.
It tastes so delicate and sweet that my son and I have been enjoying eating it raw by the spoonful. (We’ll have to stop doing that!)
Chamomile Infused Raw Honey
This method is using freshly picked chamomile flowers.
1. Fill a half pint jar halfway with freshly picked chamomile leaves, clean of any bugs.
2. Top with honey, mix and swirl to release any air bubbles. You’ll notice the honey level drops after mixing. Add more honey to fill.
3. Put it in a place where you will see it everyday as you’ll need to turn the jar over at least once a day so that the flowers continually move through the honey.
Allow to sit for at least two weeks to infuse the chamomile flavor and its oil into the honey. (I allowed mine to infuse for two months)
4. Once the honey is infused, strain the honey in order to remove and separate the honey from the flowers.
My honey ended up getting some crystalization. In order to thin the honey, I emptied my half pint of honey into a sauce pan and warmed it up on the stove top for 30 seconds or so. This allowed me to easily strain the honey.
*tip… After receiving Kami McBride’s, the Herbal Kitchen, she explains that she makes herbal honey by using dried herbs which she pulverizes and then adds to the honey. The herbs then stay in the honey and there is no need to strain. I’m going to use this method the next time.
I’ll never be without an herbal honey again.