What is Raw Honey? Part II

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Welcome back to The Honey Cottage; What is Raw Honey Part II! Last month we talked about; what is raw honey? What are the nutritional benefits of honey? Now, we will bee going over; why is honey different from other sugars you find at the store? Can I get sugar free honey? How is honey better from other sugars? 

Honey is a much better sweetener because it is not a chemical made by man. It does not feed cancer and other illnesses because raw honey is an alkaline ash food; acidic foods feed cancer!! That is why cancer patients can have honey safely because it aids the body by keeping it at an alkalized state. Honey that is produced from flowers, meaning the bees are not eating sugar water, and is kept in the raw state has vitamins, trace minerals, and other nutrients that boost your immune system. It even has antioxidants!! When raw honey is eaten it will raise your blood sugar and level off; that means no crazy sugar crashes!  

Don’t want sugar in your honey? Well there is no such thing as “sugar free” honey. Bees collect the nectar from flowers and raw honey is made from plants and flowers. If the honey is not coming from flowers or being made by bees; it is not honey. Honey is the best “sugar” you will find on the market. Dr. Ronald Fessenden is a medical doctor out of Castle Rock Colorado. He has been working with honey for years. He has written several books showing that the benefits of honey and what it does for the body. He recommends honey for his diabetic patients, for those who are sleep deprived, and many other daily health improvements. One of his books, The Honey Revolution, breaks down how honey can work with your body and boost your body’s ability to fight allergies, stress, and yes even how it works with your body to kick cancers butt!! Honey has been around for centuries and does not go bad. We highly recommend that if you don’t want any sugar then just don’t eat any. Fight for your body not your cravings!  

The human brain lives off of glucose which can be found naturally in; raw honey, molasses, and fruits. When the brain has not had enough glucose; people have issues with brain fog, tiredness, and irritability. When your body is not getting enough sleep that means your body can lose its ability to fight off infections, your immune system can crash, or you are more susceptible to getting sick. Honey is the ONE sugar that will fight for you and get you the little sweetness you are wanting. Many people have even noted how they use less honey then they would sugar! Oh, and remember the prebiotics and probiotics; those feed your healthy gut bacteria making it easier for your body to break food down and getting your body the nutrients, it needs to bee healthy! This is why honey is the bee-st pick for sweetening your food!  

From our hive to yours, 

Bee Queen 

 

What is Raw Honey?

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We have been having more customers come into The Honey Cottage and ask, what is raw honey? What are the nutritional benefits of honey? I am so excited to show you why honey is the way it is!

Raw honey starts with the bees drinking nectar from the flowers and adding their enzymes to the nectar. That is it! The flowers the bees visit provide everything that bees and humans need to survive on. The bees then take the nectar to the hive, put it into cells, and lower the moisture level. When the water content is about 15%-20% the bees will cap it signifying it is ready for human consumption. Honey has 180 known substances in it!

Raw honey straight from the hive has naturally occurring sugars in it. Raw honey from the hive has 20 different sugars in it; these are the main sugars in honey:

-Dextrose                                             -Levulose                                              -Maltose

-Fructose                                              -Sucrose                                                -Glucose

It also has:

Probiotics, prebiotics, water, proteins, enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.

15 different acids – gluconic, citric, formic, lactic, amino, and pyruvic just to name a few.

Vitamins – vitamins A, C, D, E, K, B complex vitamins, and beta carotene.

Minerals and trace minerals – potassium, sodium, magnesium,silica, copper, iodine to name a few.

Other nutrients – pigments, esters, tannis, and terpenes, to name some of them.

18 Flavonoids – quercetin, luteolin, kaempferol, apigenin, chrysin, and galangin to name some of them.

There are many other things in the products from the hive that have not been identified yet! All products from the hive cannot be duplicated by man!  The most important thing  that we want you to understand; ALL the sugar that is in honey is from the FLOWERS! The nutrients that you receive from honey are nothing you are going to find in table sugar, corn syrup, or even artificial sugars. Honey is an anti-inflammatory; this means it will fight inflammation! You can’t get anything better then that!

Come back next month and find out why honey is the best choice for your life! We will be answering questions such as: why is honey different from other sugars you find at the store? Can I get sugar free honey? How is honey better from other sugars?

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

 

The Honey Cottage Memorial Day SURPRISE!!

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We have super exciting news at The Honey Cottage; we now have Practical Herbs products in our shop!!! We are working very closely with Barbara to bring unique products that are amazing for your skin and your health. She is a Certified Medical Assistant, a Certified Nurse Assistant, an Herbalist, is a member of women’s P.O.W.E.R., is a mom, and grandmother. She has been perfecting her body care line for 27 years and makes everything in small batches. She has an entire baby skin care line, aromatherapy play dough, bath salts, bath bombs, and whipped hand and body frosting. She also has the best deodorant I have ever used in my life; usually when I use deodorants I really smell. Her deodorant is made with ingredients that combat that problem. What I am really excited about is everything that has a colorant is colored with Mica! All of her products are made with essential oils and natural scents. No nasty chemicals and everything leaves you feeling like a Queen Bee! She also has a line of handcrafted body care with CBD!! We have lots of products just in time for Territory Days May 25-27 in Old Colorado City!

So far we have her bath bombs, whipped hand and body frosting (made with royal jelly and bee pollen), aromatherapy play dough, and bath salts! We also have CBD full spectrum tinctures, CBG full spectrum tinctures, CBD whipped hand and body frosting, CBD bath bombs, and CBD lip balms! We are super excited to bee carrying her products; come to The Honey Cottage and see what we will have!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: BARBARA WILL BE HERE DURING TERRITORY DAYS ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY FOR A MEET AND GREET!!!!  SHE WILL HAVE SAMPLE BAGS!!!! SO BUZZ ON BY THE HONEY COTTAGE THIS WEEKEND!!!

The Health Benefits of Honey and Wheat Berries

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I have a secret to share with you; we cannot eat at restaurants anymore! I have switched over the majority of my diet to clean healthy foods. As a family we are 100% on wheat berries for all of the bread products we make at home! A week ago, we snuck out for a family meal; I had some chicken, coleslaw, and waffle fries. That night I started having pains in my abdomen, which continued all through the next day, and got worse. I thought we were going to have to go to the hospital; thankfully it finally calmed down that night. The hours of pain were just the worst and showed me that I need to be more careful what goes in my body.  What we have been learning over the past months and changing has made a huge difference in only two months. We are so stunned with what real food can do for you that we have to share with the whole world. 

There are so many chemicals in our daily diet it can be hard to avoid them! This is one of the reasons we work with only organic wheat berries. Another reason is because they are LOADED in vitamins and minerals that you do not get from store bought pre-processed flours; even the organic ones. Wheat berries are also a great protein source, fiber, omega- 3 Fatty acids, betaine, and plant lignans. All of this combined is what benefits your body and fights against; inflammation, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, carcinogens, food allergies, and reduces cardiovascular disease. These are just some of the small benefits we have seen and felt in our own body.   

Raw honey is the same way! When it is raw and unprocessed it is loaded in vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, proteins, flavonoids, and amino acids! These are important for your diet and your immune system!! These are all the benefits you can receive when you buy raw straight from the hive honey. Most store-bought honeys are pasteurized or ultra- pasteurized which KILL all of the benefits you can get from raw honey. Not to mention you get the benefits of glucose; which feeds your brain and fuels your body. All raw honey has sugars that benefit your body and feeds your body usable sugars that are from…flowers!!!  Sugar is processed and derived from sugar cane; all the nutritional properties are lost in this process.  The bees get everything that you get from honey from flowers! That is it! Nothing else is added 

My new saying is, “think before you eat.” If you think you should not eat it or if something does not seem right; it does not belong in your body!  

From our beehive to yours,

Queen Bee

The Buzz About Honey and Wheat Berries

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How do you feel when people say, “You are what you eat”?

I never realized how true this statement is and have been feeling astonished that even the organic foods we have been purchasing are not as “healthy” as we think. Processed food is processed food. So we are back to the basics in our house; except for a few small treats that we have not figured out how to make yet. We are thrilled to say that we have taken all sugar out of the kitchen and are strictly using raw honey as a sweetener! Plus, we have been grinding our own wheat berries, learning how to make homemade honey bread, and learning more about our nutritional needs.

What we found fascinating is that the organic bread flour we have been buying is not the same as grinding your own wheat! Freshly milled flour will only last a couple of days before you have to worry about your flour going rancid; unless you put it in the fridge, or freezer then you have a better time line of use. Think about how many months flours sit on the store shelves (not a fridge) and then in your home. That got me wondering if it really has all the nutrients it is supposed to have? The answer is no. The flour in the store has the endosperm, the embryo, and the bran taken out of it; which is where all of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals are. They are also adding different things to make sure that the flour does not go rancid sitting on the store shelves. So what is really going into our body now?

We have also had a big eye opener with pre-made bread too. None of the store-bought breads have basic ingredients; and many of them have soy and corn syrup. We make a simple honey bread with; freshly milled organic wheat berries, water, honey, egg, butter, salt, and yeast. That’s it! Sure, it won’t last a month on the counter, but we KNOW what is going into it. Plus, our blood sugar is showing a great reduction; it does not shoot through the roof using the wheat berries and honey.

Just like wheat berries, honey has the same problem; the store bought honey can be pasteurized or even ultra- pasteurized. This means that it takes away the possibility of the honey crystallizing and all of the vitamins, minerals, and pollen out of the “honey”. It takes cooking it for long periods of time and at high temperatures to achieve this; meaning there is NO benefits to the honey you are eating. Cheaper is NOT always better!!  Make sure you are reading the back of the ingredients; you will be surprised to see some honeys have added ingredients. Another problem we are seeing is with something called prairie honey; this is where they take the flowers boil them down and add sugar. Just because it comes from the flowers does not mean it is going to have the same benefits; neither does adding cane sugar.

This is why working with a beekeeper is so crucial; you can ask questions of them and know what is going on with your honey!!    *Buyer bee-ware of the “honey brokers” because they get honey from different states and even countries and call it local honey! They are not beekeepers, but are highly educated to get you to buy their products.

Next month we will go over the nutritional benefits of honey and wheat berries!

REMEMBER; IF IT IS NOT MADE BY A BEE IT IS NOT HONEY!!!

From our beehive to yours,

Queen Bee

The Honey Cottage 2018

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At The Honey Cottage we wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a wonderful HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  This year has been so wonderful to see our customers and their families grow. It has been so neat to see kids grow and change, new relationships and marriages happen and new babies welcomed into 2018! We are so happy that we were able to get to be apart of your special moments this year. Thank you for your continued support of our little bee hive! WE LOVE YOU!!!!  We hope to have some really amazing new products and new things to share with you in 2019. Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve!! Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Yogurt Popsicle’s

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Yogurt is such a versatile product; you can use it in so many recipes and in so many ways. Another favorite recipe at The Honey Cottage is honey yogurt pops. They are great for the summer time; and are perfect for any time of day! These also work really well for on the go people and families. Whether it is for breakfast, snack, or just because; these tasty treats hit the spot. This is also an amazing way to try different raw honeys and flavor combinations with fruit. We really like using blueberry blossom, cranberry blossom, and Honey Dew honey. The whipped honeys from Honeyville are also a fun way to mix this recipe up!

Ingredients-

1 ½ cups whole milk yogurt

1 ½ Tbsp. honey

½ cup of fresh fruit

Directions-

Place the 1 ½ cups of yogurt in a bowl and drizzle the 1 ½ Tbsp. of honey on top. Next, mix it together until thoroughly mixed (a blender can also be used to make it easier). Then add the ½ cup of fruit into the yogurt and mix together. Using a popsicle mold; fill carefully to the top making sure to leave enough room for the tops to fit without the yogurt spilling out. Put in the freezer for about 6-8 hours; depending on the size of the molds. Any leftover yogurt can be saved for the next batch or eaten with granola. ENJOY!

Tips-

-Use Honeyville whipped honeys to add an extra flavor; our favorite is the lemon whipped honey with diced peaches (Pictured at the top)

-Puree the fruit you are going to use to add some fun color

-Add 2 tsp. of wheat grass powder to the mix for added vitamins

-Use ice trays and popsicle sticks for smaller servings

 

Honey Comb salad

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Why pay for something when you can make it bee-autifully at home? I LOVE having elegant salads, but I hate paying big bucks for something that I can make at home and way cheaper. This recipe is one of my favorite ways of using honey comb! Honey comb is cut off the frames of honey straight from the hive. Honey comb is the beeswax, honey, and small amounts of pollen. We have many customers that don’t know what to do with it; so I thought I would share one of the many ways you can use honey comb at The Honey Cottage! Enjoy Honey Comb salad this summer!

Ingredients

1 cup of lettuce

¼ cup of purple cabbage

2 Tbsp. shredded carrot

¼ cup of shredded mild cheddar cheese

1-2 radishes sliced up

½ a tomato

½ cup of blueberries

2 Tbsp. of cashews

5- 1 by 1 inch pieces of honey comb

Dressing

½ Tbsp of balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp of raw honey

Directions

Take a cup of lettuce and place it into a bowl or on a plate. Then shred the cabbage, carrots, and cheddar cheese and sprinkle half of each on the lettuce, toss it together. Then add the rest of the cabbage, carrot, and cheese. Slice up the radishes and slice the half of tomato into quarter slices. Decorate the top of the salad with the radishes and tomatoes; top with blueberries and cashews. Lastly, take a clean knife and cut a strip of honey comb, cut them into 1 inch squares, use a fork to carefully pull them out of container, and top onto the salad.

Tips: This salad is amazing topped with chicken, shrimp, or steak pieces! I also love adding strawberries or raspberries. Great with pecans and walnuts too!

This makes a single serving.

Honey Coleslaw

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Do you like it when honey speaks for itself in a recipe or compliments the recipe? This is what I love most about honey; a recipe can change with the type of honey that is used. Honey coleslaw is one of those recipes where the flavor can be changed just by the honey. I have found; when a lighter honey is used the vinegar and mayonnaise speak out more. When I used a darker wildflower honey the flavor of honey came through more and the coleslaw was sweeter. I also tried buckwheat, but found that the honey overpowered everything. So I would recommend either local wildflower honey or a nice alfalfa clover honey for this recipe.

Honey Coleslaw:

1 pound- Green Cabbage

½ pound- Purple Cabbage

1- Carrot

Dressing:

½ cup- Mayonnaise

1/3 cup- Honey

2 Tbsp. – Vinegar

1 Tbsp. – Celery Salt

Salt and pepper to taste

Shred the green cabbage, the purple cabbage, and the carrot into a bowl. If you are in a hurry grab a bag of 1 pound coleslaw mix from your grocery store and a small head of purple cabbage. In a separate bowl mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, and the celery salt. Then drizzle in the honey and mix well. Pour the dressing over the cabbage and mix together.

Tip: I recommend letting the coleslaw sit in the fridge for about two hours and then salt and pepper to taste. If you are not used to salt the celery salt will be just perfect! I also really liked using the Alpine Wildflower honey; it is all up to what speaks to your taste buds!

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee

 

Honey yogurt and dip

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If I told you some people did not grow up eating honey, would that surprise you? It sure shocked me, but not everyone grows up eating the same things. So it has been lots of fun talking with customers on how to use honey. It has been even more fun showing people how they can add honey to their diet so that they can fight allergies at the same time. I am excited to say that adding honey to the diet is super easy and super yummy. One of my favorite ways to use honey is in my yogurt; I can’t stand the yogurt loaded in sugar, it is way too much and ruins the flavor. With plain yogurt I am able to add different honeys to make a totally new yogurt every time. Then you have the many fruit combinations that can take yogurt to a whole new level. The best part is this is a recipe that adults and kids love!!

Homemade honey yogurt:

6- 8 ounces of plain yogurt

1 Tablespoon of your favorite honey

1/3 cup of your favorite fruit

*If you use frozen fruit, set out a couple of hours before use. Place 8 ounces of plain yogurt in a bowl and add the 1 Tablespoon of honey; mix well and add the ¼ cup of fruit. The fruit can be mixed in or just used as a topping. Enjoy!

Homemade honey yogurt dip:

6 ounces of plain yogurt

1 Tablespoon of honey

¼ – ½ cup of 5 different fruits; banana’s, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.

Place the 6 ounces of yogurt and the 1 Tablespoon of honey and mix together thoroughly. Place bowl in the center of a plate and place cut and/ or washed fruit around the bowl. Dip the fruit into the yogurt dip and Enjoy!!

Tips: Use the yogurt or dip within 2-3 days for maximum freshness. Sliced bananas and apples should lightly be squirted with lemon or orange juice to keep them from browning; they should be used right away when possible.

From our bee hive to yours,

Queen Bee