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

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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

Honey Oatmeal

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There is nothing better than starting your day with something hearty; especially, on cold days during the winter. We have been finding that the more complex a carbohydrate is the more nutritious it is for your body. It has been a little challenge for us because so much of the food in the grocery store is processed. So…we are back to the basics; we are learning that homemade is the best way. We have made a switch to steel cut oats because they have more fiber and will keep you fuller longer. This is my favorite way to make oatmeal and it is very flavorful. Plus, I don’t leave the table wanting anything else; I am full and satisfied for several hours.

Ingredients:

¾ cupSteel cut oatmeal

½ cup Walnuts

1 Tbsp. Flax seed

½ a Banana

1 Tbsp. Honey

1 tsp. of Ceylon cinnamon

1 Tbsp. of Butter- optional

Sprinkle of salt- optional

Directions:

Measure out the water, according to the servings you need, place in a pot and heat the water until it is boiling. Add the oatmeal to the water and turn down the heat as low as possible. Leave the pot uncovered and let it cook for 25 minutes; if you like it a little softer cook a little longer. Let it set for a few minutes and put in a bowl; add the walnuts and flax seed stir into the oatmeal. Cut half a banana and put the slices on top, drizzle the honey, and sprinkle the Ceylon cinnamon. If you like a little saltiness add a pat of butter or sprinkle of salt on top. ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Add a Tbsp. of chocolate chips or cocoa powder
  • Try hemp seed instead of flax seed
  • Try ½ cup of blueberries and raspberries instead of banana’s

Honey Jalapeno Salmon Pasta

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I am so excited; Lily is starting to get creative with her cooking! I am so proud to say that I got to help my daughter make this recipe. We have been talking more and more how healthy meals should be, but should also taste good. So she wanted to do something fun that was not too spicy and not too sweet! The jalapeno jam and the honey make a perfect combination with this salmon pasta. If you are not used to super spicy food add an extra ¼ cup of honey to cut the jalapeno jam. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

Ingredients:

2 cups-Pasta

¼ cup-Honeyville jalapeno jam

¼ cup-Honey

½ cup-Red pepper

½ cup-Yellow pepper

1-Shredded carrot

¾ pound-Salmon

1 cup-Spinach

½ cup-Goat cheese

Directions:

Take the pasta and boil it approximately 5-7 minutes until it is al dente. Once it is cooked, drain it and put to the side. In a sauté pan put the jalapeno jam and honey in and warm it up mixing it together. Cut up the red and yellow pepper into chunks and add to the sauce, add the shredded carrot and let simmer for 3 minutes. Cut the salmon into chunks and add to the vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Take the spinach and rip it into smaller pieces into a serving bowl. Add 2 cups of pasta on top, and then add the vegetables and salmon. Toss together mixing thoroughly; sprinkle with the goat cheese, and a drizzle of honey right on top.  ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Add half a cup of diced purple onions
  • Add ¾ cup of asparagus pieces
  • Try adding some snap peas

Honey Layer Bars

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Are you ready for a great 2019?!?!

At The Honey Cottage we are looking at the New Year and thinking about how to make it more amazing and tasty. We are going to start off the year with an amazing honey layer bar recipe. In this recipe I use Ceylon cinnamon because of its anti-inflammatory properties and because it adds antioxidants to this recipe. I bee-lieve everything should be packed with fiber so I use the ground flax seeds. The caramel sauce and chocolate chips add just enough sweetness, so to keep it balanced I use unsweetened shredded coconut. At The Honey Cottage we want to start 2019 off right, will you join us?

Ingredients:

½ cup- melted butter

1 ½ c- graham cracker crumbs

¾ cup- Honeyville honey caramel sauce

¾ cup- chocolate chips

½ cup- ground flax seed

1 Tbsp. – Ceylon cinnamon

¾ cup- walnut pieces

1 can- condensed milk

1 cup- shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions:

Set out a glass pan that is 13 X 9 inches and measure out all ingredients. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Take the melted butter and spread evenly on all sides of the pan.

Sprinkle the graham crackers on top and spread out until the bottom of the pan is covered.

Take ¾ of Honeyville’s Honey caramel sauce and spread it out on top of the graham crackers.

Scatter the chocolate chips on top, as evenly as possible.

Grind the flax seed with the Ceylon cinnamon and layer that on top of the chocolate chips.

Scatter the walnut pieces on top, as evenly as possible.

Pour the condensed milk on top and spread in an even layer.

Distribute the coconut until the condensed milk is lightly covered.

Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven, uncovered, and cook for about 25 minutes or when the sides of the bars are starting to brown.

Let the bars sit on the stove for approximately 2 hours to set up properly.

Cut into bite sized or medium squares and serve!

Tips:

  • Use honey instead of the caramel sauce
  • Add pecans to make it more protein packed
  • Add a layer of hemp seeds to add a different flavor

 

Thanks for buzzing by The Honey Cottage!

Honey Pork Soup

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At The Honey Cottage we believe the benefits of raw honey should bee in every meal. There is no better way to boost your immune system then with soup and raw honey.

Oh man, I am a soup manic during the winter. I don’t know about you, but there is nothing better than having something warm in your belly on a cold day. This was actually a soup that I had made by accident! I was trying to figure out what to do with left overs one day and surprisingly came up with this tasty soup that my family loved. This is one of my favorite recipes because it is a very easy to make and is a very hearty meal. Plus, I like not having to extra things just to make one recipe; these are ingredients that are normally in our house.

Ingredients:

2 bundles- Organic Fine or Round Udon noodles

3 cups Chicken broth

1 cup of sliced pork

1 shreddedcarrot

¾ cup of peas

¾ cup of corn

1 can of water chestnuts

1 Tablespoon of raw honey

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Take the paper ribbons off of the noodles and add it to the chicken broth. Cook 2 bundles of noodles in broth for 5 minutes. Then add the sliced pork, shredded carrot, peas, corn, and water chestnuts; cover with a lid and cook for 5 more minutes. Place the soup in a bowl and drizzle with honey and sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top! ENJOY!

Tips:

-Add ½ cup of bone broth to make it into a soup

-Try this recipe with a cup of cooked shrimp or chicken

-If made into a soup: add an egg into the broth to add extra protein; scramble it and add it to the broth and noodles. Cook for 3-5 minutes

Thanks for buzzing by,

Bee Queen

The Honey Cottage

Honey Apple Cake

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My favorite thing to do for the holidays is to bake. I love waking up on a holiday to sweet treats that we have made as a family. I enjoy this recipe because for me it is comforting and makes everything seem more peaceful. Serve this with eggs and some orange juice and you have a complete breakfast or you can serve this with brunch. I noticed that once it bakes that the brown sugar will make a little river through the cake. If you want to prevent that, lightly swirl the topping into the top layer of the cake.

Ingredients:

Filling:

3 large granny smith apples

½ Tbsp. of apple pie spice

½ Tbsp. cinnamon

½ cup honey

½ cup butter

Cake:

Wet

2 eggs

1 ½ tsp vanilla

1 cup milk

1cup coconut oil

1 cup honey

Dry

3 cups of flour

½ tsp of salt

3 tsp of baking powder

Topping:

½ cup of room temperature butter

1 ½ cups coconut sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

-Turn on your oven to 350 degrees F.

-First, cut up the apples and dice them into medium cubes. Put them in a sauce pot and add the apple pie spice, the cinnamon, honey, and butter. Turn on medium heat and cook for approximately 15 minutes or until the apples are soft, once done put apples aside.

-Take the eggs, vanilla, and milk and mix it together. Then add the oil and the honey and mix thoroughly together. In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt, and baking powder. Then add the liquid to the dry; mix together for about 2 minutes until everything is nice and mixed. Oil a 9X13 pan; add half the batter to the pan and evenly spread out. Add the apple filing evenly in a nice layer. Pour the rest of the batter on top to cover the apples.

-For the topping; take the butter, coconut sugar, and cinnamon and blend thoroughly. Then add to the top of the cake evenly. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 before serving. ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Instead of the apples add a thin layer of jam in the middle
  • Sprinkle some of the topping in the middle layer and the other half on top to cut down the river affect.
  • Add a scoop of ice cream and serve it as a dessert

Mini Honey Cheesecakes

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OMG, I am so excited to say I have found a great new way to use Honeyville jams and whipped honey! These mini honey cheesecakes are perfect for any occasion and people can top with their favorite toppings! I was so excited when I realized that I could use Honeyville jams as a topping too. Lily wanted blueberry peach butter, Frank wanted chocolate buzz honey sauce, Alice wanted mountain peach whipped honey, and I wanted cherry rhubarb jam! Everyone was able to have everything they wanted, it was awesome!! I also recommend using Honeyville whipped honey caramel sauce too! SO YUMMY!

Ingredients:

Crust:

9-Graham crackers

¼ tsp- Sea salt

1 tsp-Ceylon cinnamon

1/3 cup- Butter

¼ cup- Honey

Filling:

16 ounces- Cream cheese

½ cup- Honey

2 eggs

1 tsp.-Vanilla extract

Directions:

*Set out the cream cheese half an hour before you start, this way the filling will be less lumpy*

-Heat the stove to 350 degrees; put a bread loaf pan into the oven with about 2 cups of water into the oven. This will add moisture to the cooking process to prevent the cheesecake from cracking.

-Take the graham crackers and mash them up into tiny pieces or grind them in a blender. Add the sea salt and the cinnamon until thoroughly mixed. Melt the butter; add the butter and the honey to the graham cracker mixture and then mix thoroughly.

-Pull out 12 muffin tins and then line them with cupcake liners and spray with your favorite cooking spray. I really love to use FSC certified baking cups because I don’t have to spray them. Put about 1 1/2 TBSP of graham cracker mixture into each cup.

-Put the cream cheese into a mixer and start mixing; then add the eggs and mix together, scrap down the sides. Add the honey and vanilla mix together and scrap down the sides again. Mix one more time to make sure everything is mixed together.

-Put the filling on top of the graham cracker crust; fill all of the muffin cups evenly until the mixture is all used. Do not over fill the cupcake cups. It will puff up while cooking, but does not over flow.

-Cook the cheesecakes for about 35-40 minutes. Pull out of the oven and place on a hot pad to cool for 15 minutes. Transfer the cheesecakes to the fridge and let chill for about 4 hours.

-Serve with a variety of toppings so everyone can enjoy their favorite cheesecake!

Tips:

  • Set out chocolate chips, whipped cream, and nuts for toppings
  • Use fresh fruit like raspberries and strawberries
  • Use orange blossom, blueberry blossom, or raspberry blossom honey for a fruity flavor

Honey Comb Chocolate Balls

 

 

Honey comb balls

Do you know that superfoods are nutrient rich foods that are great for boosting your health?

It is well known that everything that comes from the beehive is a superfood. So it is no surprise that we, at The Honey Cottage, use honey every day. We also love using honey comb and this recipe is a great use for this bee-licious product. This snack is packed with other superfoods too; hemp seeds, cocoa nibs, goji berries, and shredded coconut. It is high in protein, fiber, and usable energy. We hope you are as buzzed about these honey comb chocolate balls as much as we are; ENJOY!

Ingredients:

4 ounces- Unsweetened Bakers Chocolate Bar

1/3 cup- Honey Comb

½ cup- Honey

1/3 cup- Peanut butter

3 Tbsp- Hemp seeds

2 Tbsp-Cocoa nibs

2 Tbsp- Goji berries

3 Tbsp- Sunflower seeds

½- ¾ cup- Shredded coconut

Directions:

For this first part you will use a double boiler; take a sauce pan and add about a cup and a half of water into the pot. Place a glass or small metal bowl on top of the sauce pan to melt the chocolate; I found that it prevents the chocolate from burning and allows the honey comb to melt without over heating it. *Use pot holders when holding the bowl.

When the chocolate is halfway melted, add the honey comb and honey. Stir with a spatula until the honey comb is nice and melted and mixture looks smooth. Using pot holders; take the bowl off of the pot of water and place on the stove. Add the peanut butter and hemp seeds; fold until thoroughly mixed. Grind the cocoa nibs and goji berries until they are bite sized pieces; add to the mixture with the sunflower seeds. Mix until everything is nice and coated. Take a Tbsp sized cookie dough/ ice cream scoop and scoop out the mixture into the shredded coconut. Coat each piece and place on a sheet pan, lined with parchment paper, about ½ inch apart. Place into the fridge for hour to firm up the balls. Store in an air tight container; keep them fresher and keep them in the fridge for up to a week! ENJOY!!!

Tips:

– Grind up almonds or walnuts and use it in place of the coconut for the coating

– Add almond butter instead of peanut butter

– Use a lighter honey to add a different flavor

 

National Honey Month 2018

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There is nothing more amazing then learning something new every day. That is why we LOVE what we do at The Honey Cottage! Our customers learn something new about bees, or honey, or beekeeping every time they come in to see us. We find bees extremely fascinating and they teach us something every time we open up the hive. Every year to celebrate National Honey Month we get to talk even more about our favorite friends and what they make. So here are 9 facts about honey, bees, and beekeeping. Follow us on facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn to learn more about The Honey Cottage everyday!

1- Most of our clothes come from the cotton plant. Without bees pollinating the cotton plant we would not have cotton honey or clothes.

2- There are plants that can be planted in drought stricken areas that would help give the bees forage. Lavender, thyme, and sage are a few that survive wonderfully without lots of moisture.

3- There are some plants that will not bloom in their first year of being planted. Strawberries and clover are two examples of plants that take a year to put down full roots.

4- Plants and trees need rest just like we do; that is why a cold dormant winter is very important for them. They need a full rest to produce good healthy blooms for bees.

5- The nectar that the flowers produce has the natural sugars that bees make into honey. There is no sugar added to the process; these are natural sugars usable by the human body and bees.

6- If you are handed a candy bar; will you get up to get to the kitchen for some chicken and broccoli? That is the same thinking for bees; if you give them sugar water they will not go out for flowers. Honey is loaded with vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and natural usable sugar. Why give bees something that has no nutritional value and weakens, just like humans, their immune system? Think about this; if you won’t eat it don’t give it to the bees.

7- Gardening takes time, energy, and effort. The rewards of seeing your flowers and plants bloom and make food is a big reward. Bees are needed for the flowers to bloom and make the fruits, vegetables, and herbs that we eat to sustain life.

8- Neonicotinoids sprayed on plants are known to attach to the bee paralyzing them and then attacks their central nervous system thus killing them. STOP USING PESTICIDES AND SAVE THE BEES!!

9- Bees will only cap honey when the water content has reached 15%-20%; each honey varies on amount.

Share with everyone you know and spread the word about how special bees are!! Help save the bees with us!!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen