A sweet summer favorite at our house is Lavender Infused Honey! Delicious raw honey, infused with fragrant Lavender is a sweet treat that can accompany many dishes.
I'm sure you're aware of the magical super powers of raw honey...it's really the best and is a phytonutrient powerhouse! I love infusing various herbs in honey which adds a subtle flavor to the honey but also can add the various benefits of that specific herb.
This is a very simple 2 ingredient recipe that I always make at least once a year.
It's also a good one to make a double or triple batch of, that way you have a few unique gifts on hand.
INGREDIENTS & SUPPLIES
-1 cup raw Honey
-1/4 cup dried Lavender buds
-jar to mix in (pint sized is good and allows room to mix directly in)
-fine mesh sieve/strainer (to strain infused honey through)
-8 ounce jar for finished product
Ideally you'll want to use a good raw honey but any honey can be used even if it's heat treated, but once you start buying raw honey it's hard to ever go back:) You'll also want honey that is not granulated. If it is granulated that's fine, you just need to run it in a water bath in the sink under warm water (just make sure the jar is sealed tight) until it liquefies again. This usually takes a bit but works well.
You also want to make sure whatever herb you're infusing in the honey is dried. In this recipe we're using lavender but many other herbs can be used. A few other favorites are Rosemary & Thyme, Sage (not for taste but good for a sore throat) and Lemon Verbena is also quite good! But like I said, make sure the herbs are dried! If honey gets too much moisture added, it can go rancid. So don't put fresh herbs in.
-Add 1/4 cup dried Lavender buds to a pint sized jar.
-Next measure 1 cup of honey and stir mixing quite well, making sure to get all the herbs incorporated from the bottom.
-Tighten a lid on and place in a warm area for 1+ week . I personally like mine to sit for 5-6 weeks but anything over 1 week is good, it just gets more fragrant over time.
-Occasionally mix up or place jar upside down and rotate it right side up and upside down every couple days. If rotating it up and down just make sure your lid is sealed well.
-Once infusion is to your liking pour through a fine mesh sieve. I personally prefer to use over a funnel and directly into your jar of choice. This can take a bit of time so it's best to pour and just let it slowly drip through. Depending on how thick your honey is it might be a good idea to use the water bath method I mentioned earlier for granulated honey, this will help speed up the messy straining process.
-Cap and it's all ready to go, store in the cupboard. If giving as a gift, tie bakers twine or jute on and add a few sprigs of lavender to the bow.
Important: I am not a doctor or medical professional and the advice in this post is for informational purposes only. If you are pregnant, nursing or have a health condition, consult a doctor before adding anything to your health routine. Raw honey should not be consumed by infants under one year of age.
I hope you enjoy making this recipe! If you're looking for a few other Lavender recipes or DIY's make sure to check out our Lavender Detox Bath Soak or our tutorial for making a Fresh Lavender Wreath.
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