Can I Use Raw Honey For Cooking And Baking?


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Raw honey has so many great uses, from being a natural sweetener to helping keep you at your very healthiest. So with this in mind, you may be wondering if you can use raw honey in your cooking or baking recipes.

The answer to this is yes! There are so many ways you can use honey in your recipes, especially for those who need all-natural substitutes for other ingredients. However, it is recommended that you do not expose honey to high temperatures.

When the temperature of honey is raised to a high degree, the sugar and fructose in the honey change their chemical composition as a result of a browning effect. Heating or storing honey for long periods will increase the production of toxic substances.

However, the easy way to get around this is by reducing the heat of your oven or stove by 25 degrees, this is enough of a decrease for your recipe to be safe. Keep in mind that this is only the case for eating large amounts of honey, usually, small amounts will not have this issue.

There are so many different potential uses for honey in your baking or cooking recipes. Honey is not only a sweet and delicious substance, but it also contains so many natural nutrients and qualities that are really good for you.

When baking with raw honey, you should keep in mind a few things, especially if you want to start using honey as a substitute for sugar on the regular. When substituting recipes, use 1/2 – 3/4 cups of honey for each cup of sugar in the recipe. Reduce any liquid ingredients by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey. Honey will make your baked goods brown or crispy more easily.

Honey is still in fact, pure sugar. But raw honey is 100% natural sugar, which is much better for you than anything purchased at the store, and makes a great sugar substitute when it comes to sweetening something. Using raw honey is a great sweetener substitute for diabetics, as it doesn’t have any added sugars, which makes regulating blood sugar easier.

If you are looking for some ways to add raw honey to your diet and recipes, here are some ideas below that are simple, easy, and delicious!

  • Stir into oatmeal.

  • Use as a drizzle on desserts.

  • Add to your salad dressing.

  • Mix into smoothies as a natural sweetener.

  • Stir into coffee or tea (if you usually add sugar to your coffee, try this instead!)

  • Spread on toast, bagels, or pastries.
  • Drizzle on cereal. (best on Cheerios or Corn Flakes.)

  • Mix into cookies or bread for extra sweetness.

  • Make a natural home remedy with apple cider vinegar and a tbsp of raw honey.

Continue reading to learn more about incorporating raw honey into your cooking and baking recipes and the benefits of having natural substitutes and ingredients!

What Type Of Honey Is Best For Cooking?

If you want to start using more honey in your cooking recipes, you may wonder what type of honey would taste and cook the best? The answer to this question will depend on the reason you want to use honey in your cooking endeavors.

If you want to use more honey for its sweetness, clover honey is the most recommended, because of its pleasant taste and popularity in baked goods. However, if you want to use more honey in your meals for health-related reasons, then raw honey, regardless of its origin, would be what you are looking for.

There are very many different types of honey, that all have slightly different tastes and origins. The honey that will work best for cooking will always depend on personal preference, but as mentioned above, clover honey is the most popular origin honey for baking.

Types of honey depend on two things; origin and how it has been processed. Here is a breakdown below of the different types of honey, to help you choose which would be the best addition to your specific meal or baked good recipe:

Pure honey. For anyone who is semi-healthy conscious and is searching for natural honey at the grocery store, you will likely find a lot of brands claiming to be selling “pure” honey. This kind of honey isn’t as pure as you may think. Pure honey will typically have no added sugars, however, it has still been filtered, which is how it loses all of its natural nutritional value.

Raw honey. If you are looking for a truly all-natural honey type, this will be what you need to get your hands on. Raw honey has not been filtered at all, so it retains all of its nutrition. Also, raw honey has no added ingredients. The best place to get raw honey is from a local bee farm or apiary.

“Normal” honey. This is the kind of honey that anyone can find at any kind of store. Usually, this honey is not good for you at all. Not only has it been filtered a lot, but it will also have added sugars, which is the worst possible thing for you.

Thanks for reading! We hope this article helped you determine if you can use honey in baking and cooking! If you have any questions or anything to add, please comment down below. Also, if you are curious about where to find local raw honey in your area, check out our honey farm locator!