The Mohawk Valley Trading Company is giving away one Raw Autumn Wildflower Honey Tote Bag with each order of any of their varieties of honey from 09/14/12 thru 09/21/12. In their effort to support and promote sustainable agriculture, local, small and family owned farms and other local food sources, Crooked Brook is the sponsor of this tote bag promotion.
Although the most popular method of printing tote bags is screen printing, Crooked Brook tote bags are printed using Direct To Garment Printing (digital garment printing or DTG) which is the process of using inkjet printers to print an image directly onto tote bags without the use of screens like with screen printing, which requires a lot of setup e.g., creating screens for each color. In addition, DTG printing uses eco-friendly, water soluble ink, unlike some screen printing methods that layer Plastisol (a suspension of PVC particles in a plasticizer) on top of the tote bag. The only requirement for DTG printing is for the image to be high resolution, resulting in photograph quality printing with no setup fee or minimums.
Honey has been used by humans since ancient times for its health benefits and as a sweetener and flavoring for many foods and beverages. The flavor and color of honey is determined by the type of flower the bees gather the nectar from. Dark colored honey is considered to be higher in minerals and antioxidants than light colored honey and one of the most well known dark colored honeys is buckwheat honey. Raw buckwheat honey contains a higher amount of minerals and an antioxidant called polyphenol, which gives it its dark color.
If you are planning to buy honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics. Honey that has been heated and filtered is called liquid, regular or commercial honey.
The reason some honey is heated and filtered is that the majority of Americans prefer the convenience of being able to spoon, pour or squeeze honey from a bottle onto their cereal or into their tea.
In addition, liquid or regular honey is clearer, easier to measure or spread than raw honey and many people think that honey that has crystallized is spoiled so they discard it. Honey that has been heated and filtered will not crystallize as fast as raw honey.
Honey is a healthy alternative to refined sugar, however when cooking or baking with honey, it is not necessary to use raw honey since the heat destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics. Since the flavor and color of honey is determined by the type of flower the bees gather the nectar from, it is a good idea to taste the honey before using it in a recipe. For example; a dark honey like buckwheat honey will result in a strong, heavy, a pungent flavor, whereas orange blossom honey will result in a delicate orange flavor.
When substituting honey for sugar in a recipe, use about ¾ cup honey in place of 1 cup sugar, and reduce the any liquid ingredients by about 2 tablespoons. Honey is acidic so unless the recipe includes sour cream or buttermilk, add a pinch of baking soda to neutralize the acidity. Baked goods made with honey will brown more quickly so when substituting honey for sugar in a recipe reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees. Honey is hygroscopic meaning it attracts water to itself; therefore baked goods made with honey will absorb moisture from the air and become soft over time.