Beekeeping For Dummies
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If you're a decent beekeeper, there's a good chance that you'll be able to harvest 40 or more pounds of honey from each of your hives. That's a lot of honey. Unless you eat a whole lot of toast, you may want to consider other ways to use your copious crop.

Honey is not only wholesome, delicious, sweet, and fat-free, but it's also incredibly versatile. You'll find uses for honey in a myriad of recipes that call for a touch of sweetness.

You can use honey in appetizers, baked goods, main dishes, and desserts. Here are some tips for cooking with honey:

  • Because of its high fructose content, honey has a higher sweetening power than sugar. This means you can use less honey than sugar to achieve the desired sweetness.
  • To substitute honey for sugar in recipes, start by substituting up to half of the sugar called for. With a little experimentation, honey can replace all the sugar in some recipes.
  • If you are measuring honey by weight, 1 cup of honey will weigh 12 ounces.
  • For easy cleanup when measuring honey, coat the measuring cup with nonstick cooking spray or vegetable oil before adding the honey. The honey will slide right out.
  • In baking, honey helps baked goods stay fresh and moist longer. It also gives any baked creation a warm, golden color. When substituting honey for sugar in baked goods, follow these guidelines:
  • Reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for each cup of honey used.
  • Reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent overbrowning.

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Howland Blackiston has been keeping bees for almost 40 years. He has appeared as an expert on CNBC, CNN, NPR, The Discovery Channel, Sirius Satellite Radio, and other broadcast outlets, and has written numerous articles on beekeeping. Howland has been a keynote speaker at conferences in more than 40 countries.

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