Not really a question, but more a request. I read your post on Facebook a while back that you'd come up with a honey recipe to can and was wondering if you'd share it.
Sure thing, Jennifer. Here you go!
Spiced Honey With Lemon (from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving)
Makes about 3 pints.
- 1 lemon, end pieces removed and cut into 6 even slices
- 12 whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 2 2/3 cup liquid honey
1. Prepare canner, jars and lids (see canning section for more information on canning)
2. Stud each slice of lemon with 2 cloves (I just stuck it through the pulp of the lemon, but the directions actually said to do it through the peel...I just wasn't that worried about it). In a non-reactive saucepan (I used stainless steel), combine lemon slices, honey and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Boil gently for 2 minutes.
3. Using tongs, remove lemon slices and place 2 in each canning jar. Remove cinnamon sticks and place one in each jar. Ladle hot honey into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to finger tight (remember the ring is JUST there to hold the lid in place until the adhesive has time to melt and mesh the lid to the jar...screwing it down super hard is NOT going to help the process, so go with finger tight and save yourself the hernia :).
4. Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water (I usually go for about 2 inches above the jars). Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let jars sit another 5 minutes and then remove, cool and store.
This stuff REALLY helps a sore throat big time and is great to help a cough since the honey coats your throat and helps sooth tissues. I actually like the taste of this stuff so much I'll eat it with a teaspoon, but you can also put it in tea as well or anywhere else you could see needing some citrus and sweet applied (oatmeal or say iced tea come to mind too).