Who says you need to do your gift shopping at the mall? All homesteaders have access to a wide variety of wonderful homemade gifts to share with their loved ones.
Depending on how you farm, you have access to all kinds of flora and fauna to make affordable, thoughtful gifts. One of my favorite ways to share the homestead goodness is to gift flavored homestead honey.
Flavored honey recipe
Keeping bees is an art that so many of us love, but few actually attempt. If you keep bees, you likely have people banging down your door for honey or beeswax. Sate their love of the sweet stuff with a jar of homemade honey.
If you also keep a garden, consider spicing up that Mason jar of honey by infusing it with herbs. Flavors like lavender, orange, rosemary, lemon, or ginger taste excellent in honey. The herbs can even enhance honey’s natural medicinal powers, too. Follow this quick recipe to infuse your honey in a jiffy. Scale the recipe up to make enough honey for everyone on your Nice list.
● 1 cup honey
● 2 tablespoons of your herb of choice
1. Heat the honey over a double boiler until it reaches 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Stir in your herb or spice of choice.
3. Let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes. If it starts boiling, lower the heat. You want to keep it at 115 degrees.
4. While the honey is simmering, make sure your jars and lids are nice and clean.
5. Strain the honey if you would like it to be smooth.
6. Pour the honey carefully into the prepared sanitized jars.
7. Seal the jars appropriately and wrap them for easy gifting!
The best thing about gifting honey is its long shelf life. Honey can last years on the shelf and still be safe to eat. Of course, with honey this delicious, it’s sure to fly off the shelf in no time!