The Buzz About Honey and Wheat Berries

Honey wheat berries

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

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Honey citrus salad

Honey citrus salad

Are you ready to hear something exciting?!?!

Recently we have been learning more about what is good to eat and what needs to be taken out. I am so excited to say we have been learning about wheat berries and all of the benefits they have. They are nutrient dense and are great for blood sugar. We are seeing our health change in great ways and I am super excited to share this new recipe with you! We are finding it is easy to add a ¼ cup of wheat berries to our meals and can be a great protein source, even for vegetarians. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup wheat berries

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup asparagus

6 ounces salmon

2 Tbsp. O’Hara’s honey dill mustard

¾ cup spring leaf mix

¼ cup yellow squash

¼ cup mushroom

½ cup cherry tomatoes

½ a carrot

Dressing

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp. Orange blossom honey

1 tsp. lemon

1 tsp. lime

Directions:

-Cook 1 cup of wheat berries in 4 cups of water for 45 minutes or until soft. Drain and rinse the wheat berries and put aside.

-Warm up a sauté pan with the coconut oil; add the asparagus and cook for 5 minutes. Brush the top of the salmon with 1 Tbsp. of honey mustard, place face down in the pan, and cook for 4 minutes. Brush the top of the salmon with the remaining honey mustard, flip over, and cook for 4 minutes. Make sure both sides are golden brown and the salmon flakes off with a fork.

-Slice the squash, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. Shred the carrots.

-For the dressing: Take the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, orange blossom honey, lemon, and lime and mix together thoroughly.

-In a bowl; put the wheat berries, salmon, asparagus, spring leaf mix, squash, mushroom, tomatoes, carrots, and dressing. Toss everything together, put on a plate, and ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Try the honey chipotle mustard
  • Try the dressing with apple cider vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar
  • Add some sliced orange pepper and shredded purple cabbage to add extra color and flavor

Pollination Experiment

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There are different ways for people to learn and we at The Honey Cottage are excited to share this neat experiment to explain how bees pollinate flowers. This is a great way to explain how bees work, what they do, and why they are so very important for us. This also explains what a symbiotic relationship is and why it is important for our world. Pollination is so very important for flowers and for our food. Please share this with friends and family!!

Materials:

4 tsps of glitter (different colors)

4 small paper cups

Yellow and black pipe-cleaners

Pencil

Questions (At the end)

 

How do bees pollinate flowers? Find out here!

  1. Gather the material you will need.
  2. Make a paper-cup flower: Put 1 teaspoon of colored glitter in a small paper cup. The glitter is the flower’s pollen. Make 3 more flowers. Use different colors of glitter.
  3. Make a pipe- cleaner bee as shown in the diagram below: wrap a yellow then a black pipe- cleaner around a pencil.
  4. Fly your bee into a flower. Gently tap your bee around the bottom of the flower. Your bee is drinking nectar and gathering pollen.
  5. Fly your bee to a new flower. Choose one with a different color of glitter. Gently tap your bee around the bottom of that flower.
  6. Fly your bee to two more flowers. Make sure you visit a flower with every color of glitter.
  7. Return to the first flower. Look inside. Do you see pollen from other flowers? (Look for glitter of the other colors.) If so, your flower was pollinated!
  8. Think: The job of flowers is to attract pollinators. Why is that job important? Why are bees important to flowers? Why are flowers important to bees?

Questions:

  1. Do steps 2-7 of the investigation. Do you see “pollen” from other flowers?
  2. Think: Why is it important for flowers to attract pollinators?
  3. Why are bees important to flowers?
  4. Why are flowers important to bee?

From our beehive to yours,

Queen Bee

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

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The Honey Cottage Master List for Raw Honey

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I LOVE HONEY!! If you have been able to come to The Honey Cottage you know how much I love honey and how much I use it. We are all passionate about beekeeping, bees, and honey here at The Honey Cottage. I get all excited about how each honey is different, tastes amazing, and how wonderful it is to use in your everyday life. The biggest question I get is what is my favorite honey? I no longer can answer that question like I used to; I had a huge bias with the honeys we were getting from our hives for years. These last several years we have not been able to take much honey from the hives, but the little tastes we get are phenomenal. My favorite honeys are all of them, but I have my favorites for different reasons and here is my master list. Feel free to send me messages if you have other unique ways to use one of these special honeys!

Wildflower, that secret blend of flowers that only the bees know for sure, honeys are ones that I use most commonly in all of my cooking because the flavor and the sweetness stands out more in my recipes; spaghetti sauce, muffins, my granola, sweet and sour sauce, BBQ sauce, and for my honey beef and broccoli. I also do not have to use as much in my recipes, I have found that I can actually use a little bit less of the honey, but still get the same sweetness.

The Colorado mountain honeys, clean fresh and pure, fireweed, alpine wildflower, and honey dew are my favorite for teas, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal, and on meats. I like the subtle sweet flavors they add to foods.

Super nutritional and dark buckwheat honey is one that I drink during cold and flu season to boost my immune system and coat sore throats. I really love using this one in tea the most or in muffins. We are playing with a BBQ sauce recipe to see how it tastes, check back to see if it works!!

Fantastic fruit honeys like blackberry blossom, blueberry blossom, raspberry blossom, orange blossom, pumpkin blossom, and cranberry blossom honeys are so good in yogurt, on fruit, in tea, and on toast. I also really love using these honeys in homemade bread or dinner rolls because the flavor is more intense…so good!!! I also like to use these honeys in my salad dressing to add more flavor.

Familiar alfalfa and clover or clover honeys are super light so I love to use these on bagels, cornbread, and on biscuits. I use these two for flavor more than for sweetening. It seems when I cook with these honeys I have to use more to get the sweetness that I like. So I will not use these as much for cooking.

The exotic dark robust goodness of eucalyptus, avocado, and thyme honeys is that they are amazing in sauces, on English muffins, making whipped butters, drizzling on pancakes, flavoring my water, and making cream cheese spreads. These honeys are ones that produce unique dark mead for mead makers as well.

Colorful by taste sage, tupelo, sourwood, and acacia are gourmet honeys that I use for tea and coffee, French toast, smoothies, and on biscuits the most because I love the flavor they offer. These are also honeys that are used a lot for mead makers because of the subtle flavor they offer.

Mysterious meadowfoam is one that is a super amazing honey because it naturally has a hint of vanilla or as Frank argues marshmallow. So I add this to my cake recipes, my cupcakes, frosting, raw food bars, and for my honey chocolate coconut balls.

Striking Cactus blossom is a honey that naturally crystallizes right away so I prefer to put this one on chicken, oatmeal, or anything warm that naturally liquefies it. I also love to eat this with a spoon; crystallized honey is like candy for me!

We love our 100% cotton honey with its unique spicy flavor; next year we are hoping to kick it up a notch and get the cotton polyester blend. (Little bee humor)

Don’t take my word on how to use these amazing raw honeys. Come into The Honey Cottage and try these for yourself. You will bee glad you did!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Goat Cheese Dip

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I LOVE DIP!!! It adds a totally new flavor to what you are eating and I really love that. To me nothing celebrates fall better than food that has cranberry orange in them. This recipe is one of my favorites because you can make it into a dressing and also a spread. Nothing beats having a versatile recipe in your cook book! I have found that using canned mandarin oranges adds more flavor then the fresh or frozen. I really like the orange flavor to come out in this recipe, so if you do not want to use the mandarin oranges add a touch more orange oil. You can also use Honeyville’s seasonal flavor cranberry orange whipped honey too! This is only available until Christmas so try it and stock up on it now!!

Ingredients:

10.5 ounces of goat cheese

½- 1 Tbsp cinnamon to your taste

½ cup honey

½ tsp. organic orange oil

1/3 cup cranberries

1/3 cup walnuts

¼-1/3 cup mandarin orange slices

Directions:

Place the goat cheese, cinnamon, honey and orange oil in a blender and blend for 2 minutes. Then add the cranberries and walnuts and blend for 30 seconds to a minute; depending on how chunky you want it. Put the dip in a bowl that you will be serving in and fold the mandarin orange slices into the cheese mixture. Put in the fridge for 2 hours for it to firm up and serve with your favorite fruits, vegetables, and crackers. Also, tastes good on chips! ENJOY!

Tips:

-Add 2 Tbsp of mandarin orange juice to make the dip into a dressing

-Add 4 ounces of cream cheese to make the dip into a spread

-Try pecans instead of walnuts

The Honey Cottage Master List for Honeyville

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One of our favorite products at The Honey Cottage is Honeyville whipped honeys. If you have come into the shop and seen us you know how excited we are about this product. We are always handing out samples and talking about how they can be used. For those who have not been able to buzz by The Honey Cottage; this is a great guide as to what we use these fantastic whipped honeys for. When you see this list you might think we are obsessed…and you are RIGHT!!! We are their # 1 fan!!!

You can use most of these whipped honeys with;

  • Coffee/ tea
  • Toast, biscuits, corn bread
  • Pancakes, waffles, French toast
  • Yogurt and yogurt dips
  • Oatmeal and Malt-o- meal
  • Ice cream
  • Cakes
  • Use in Muffin and cupcake recipes instead of sugar
  • Cream cheese dip
  • Buttercream icing
  • Smoothies
  • Flavor your water
  • Raw food bars
  • Use in homemade salad dressings
  • Add to your cookie recipes for a sweetener instead of using sugar

We use these specific whipped honeys on;

  • Apple cinnamon on ham, pork chops, and zucchini noodles
  • Lemon on fish and chicken
  • Pomegranate on steak
  • Chocolate buzz on peanut butter sandwiches
  • Mountain Peach on Chicken
  • Peanut butter on sliced apples and pretzels
  • Cinnamon on lamb
  • Use maple hazelnut on carrots for a glaze
  • Use raspberry in your BBQ sauce to add more flavor

If you have other recipe ideas please share them on our facebook, twitter, and LinkedIn!! We would love to see how creative you get Honeyvilles whipped honeys!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

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