Honey: Our Ingredient of the Week

Kim Conte

honeyEach week in Food and Party, we'll be featuring an "Ingredient of the Week" -- paying homage to some of our favorite ingredients all week long with buying and storage tips, recipes, and other useful information.

This week's featured ingredient is: Honey.

At our house, honey is a pantry staple. Not only is it a delicious natural sweetener for countless food items, but honey also has many health benefits.

Honey is commonly thought to aid in digestion and soothe sore throats and coughs. But did you know that raw honey -- "raw" is key here -- can allegedly cure allergies? Proponents argue that because raw honey contains pollen, dust, and molds that cause allergies, repeated consumption (usually 1 teaspoon daily) can help to build up immunity to these allergies.

It's magical and delicious!

Just remember: Infants under 1 year of age should not be given honey or products containing honey.

Here are some common, everyday uses for honey:

  • To sweeten plain oatmeal or yogurt.
  • Drizzled over cheese and bread.
  • As a dip for apple slices.
  • Blended in fruit smoothies in place of sugar.
  • To flavor homemade salad dressing with mustard, balsamic vinegar, and oil.

My favorite use for it is in ginger-peppermint tea with a squeeze of fresh lemon -- it's the perfect feel-better beverage when you're sick or even not-so-sick!

Do you use honey in your house?

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