Celebrate National Honey Month with 7 cheap honey recipes and 4 useful facts
Honey is one of those great natural elements that seems almost magical in the many benefits and uses it offers. For National Honey Month, learn a little more about the impressive features of honey and a few ways to use it without spending too much money.
4 fascinating facts for National Honey Month
1) For honey benefits, you've got to buy the right type
This might be the most surprising fact on the list for many people. You can't buy just any old honey if you hope to get the primary benefits associated with it. Much of the honey sold in grocery stores is filtered in a process that removes the pollen and weeds out many of the main honey benefits along with it.
To ensure you're getting the most from the honey you buy, you're best off sticking with local honey or raw honey. Even better, go for some local raw honey to up your odds of buying the best choice.
2) Honey has healing properties
Honey's been a go-to remedy for a number of ailments for centuries, but research is just now starting to catch up with historical folk knowledge. Scientists have recently confirmed honey's antibacterial properties. It can be used to help keep wounds from getting infected and may even be better than antibiotics when put to that purpose.
3) Honey can be used for more than flavoring
If your standard use for honey is to sweeten your tea or as a substitute for sugar in desserts, you're missing out on some of its prime uses. Honey can be used for chapped lips, shampoo, and even face wash. Throwing some honey in homemade recipes for these items can actually save you some money.
4) Honey doesn't go bad
Never throw out honey again! Archeologists have found honey that's thousands of years old and still perfectly yummy and healthy to eat. Even when honey crystallizes, it's still good. A little heating will get it back into the form you're more familiar with.
But Honey's Expensive
Unfortunately, you're not going to save money by substituting it for sugar or other cheap sweeteners. At least not in the short term. Honey does cost more, but it offers considerably more health benefits than other sweeteners.
If you're concerned about the short-term costs of switching to honey, there are some ways to keep the costs down while getting some of the honey benefits you seek.
5 money-saving honey tips
1) Buy in bulk
Since we've already established you don't have to worry about it going bad, there's absolutely no reason not to save a little cash by going for a larger size. As with many things, buying a larger quantity of honey will cost you more in the moment, but less when you factor in cost per ounce.
2) Buy local honey
Bonus points if you can find a local beekeeper to buy your honey directly from (farmer's markets are a good place to spot local honey producers). This not only helps ensure that you get honey with pollen in it that's good for reducing allergies, but can also save some money since it cuts out the middleman.
3) Use it instead of buying costly allergy meds.
If you've suffered from allergies, you know there's a point where you're ready to desperately purchase anything at all that might help. Avoid those costly allergy meds at the pharmacy and give local honey a try first.
4) Use coupons
Keep an eye out for great deals on honey with coupons. Couponing can save you some serious money in general, and if you find the right deal can help you save on honey in particular.
5) Use it in affordable recipes
Even if honey itself seems a little costly, it can be used in a number of homemade concoctions that save you money in comparison to buying similar products at the store.
Here are 7 money-saving honey recipes:
- DIY Face Wash
- Homemade Energy Bars
- Homemade Granola
- 4-Ingredient Honey Pork Chops
- Honey Mustard Dressing
- Homemade Honey Wine
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Even for those of us intent of sticking to frugal purchases, honey can be well worth the cost. Weigh your various local honey options and figure out where to get the best deal.
Any honey recipes or tips I forgot? Share your honey discoveries in the comments!