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A Honey of a Month

September is National Honey Month, and while we're crazy about the sweet stuff all year 'round, this is a great occasion to celebrate its many uses in home preserving and DIY foods.

First, and most important, know where your honey comes from. If you're keeping your own hives, great; otherwise, try to source it locally, or from a respectable source. Possibly contaminated honey from Asian markets (some of which may not even be honey) is flooding American shelves. Bee-ware.

Now, on to the good stuff.

Chamomile Infused Raw Honey
Chamomile Infused Raw Honey
Honey tastes divine all on its own, but infused with the grassy and floral notes of chamomile it really takes on new dimensions. Try this technique with other honey-friendly flavors, like lavender, orange zest or rosemary.
Honey Lemon Lavender Jelly
Honey Lemon Lavender Jelly
A perfect jelly for the first-time canner, made nearly fool-proof with the addition of liquid pectin. Try this delicious, floral substitute for honey butter, used on a warm slice of cornbread.
Sesame Snaps (dehydrating Honey)
Sesame Snaps (Dehydrating Honey)
If you're a sucker for sesame snaps, those hardened honey cookies made with sesame seeds, you can make your own by dehydrating honey yourself. A sweet, satisfying snack!
Honeyed chili peppers
Honeyed Chili Peppers
Sugar tempers the fiery kick of spicy peppers, so canning them in honey brings balance and sweetness. Whether you're doing relatively mild jalapeños or fierce cayennes, you'll find yourself digging into these jars again and again.
Canned Apricots in Honey Syrup
Canned Apricots in Honey Syrup
Honey syrup makes a natural medium for sweet, tender apricots, complementing the fruit's naturally summery flavors. (Peaches, too!)
Pear & Vanilla Bean Honey
Pear & Vanilla Bean Honey
Pears and vanilla bean pair up with honey to make a smooth, sweet spread that's as good on a bagel and cream cheese as alongside a cheese plate. A perfect recipe for the upcoming pear season.
Blood and Honey
Blood and Honey
Blood oranges preserved in honey bring the tart and sweet together, and clove and cinnamon give it a rounded spiciness. Bonus prize: The syrup makes an excellent addition to cocktails.
Homemade Honey-Pecan Goat Cheese
Homemade Honey-Pecan Goat Cheese
Whip up a soft, spreadable cheese made from fresh raw goat's milk -- a simple process with both sweet and savory possibilities that works with cow's milk too. Or, just shake up a batch of honey-lavender butter to slather on your fresh, rustic bread.
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