Honey in Food Preparation
Honey can add a sweet, smooth and distinctive taste to recipes. It can also absorb and retain moisture, therefore honey tends to retard drying and staling in baked goods.
For best results it is recommended you use recipes developed for using honey.
When substituting honey for granulated sugar in recipes:
Select mildly flavored honeys, such as clover, for use in cooking where delicate flavors predominate. Use strongly flavored honeys in spreads or other recipes where a distinct honey flavor is desired.
Honey should be stored at room temperature. Should the honey crystallize, remove lid and place jar in warm water until crystals dissolve. Or, microwave 1 cup of honey in a microwave-safe container at HIGH or 100% for 2 to 3 minutes or until crystals dissolve, stir every 30 seconds. Do not boil or scorch.
When purchasing honey, recognize that one 12-ounce jar of honey is equal to one cup.
A final but important note...Honey should not be fed to infants under 1 year of age. Honey may contain bacterial spores that cause infant botulism, a rare but serious disease that affects the nervous system of young babies.
Source: National Honey Board