Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it’s the only food that contains “pinocembrin”, an antioxidant associated with improved brain functioning. To preserve the nutrients in honey, and avoid burning or damaging, heat honey slowly over a longer period of time using a drum heater with even heat distribution.
Honey: Spread the Love
There’s a reason that we use “honey” as a term of endearment. As a naturally occurring substance, it is one of the most precious. It can substitute as a sweetener in many foods and contains about 69% glucose and fructose, making it a sweetener that is better for overall health. It is a source of vitamins and minerals. This pure and natural substance is easier for the body to digest and has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which make it a natural antiseptic and a great way to help wounds and burns to heal. Adding a little “honey” to your day can “sweeten” many aspects of life.
To maintain these amazing benefits, raw honey should not be heated much above 100°F. All of the nutrients, enzymes, antioxidants, and flavonoid content in honey are temperature sensitive and heating beyond the recommended limit will destroy the value and create a glue-like substance that is no longer easy to digest. The Powerblanket Bee Blanket will ease all of the stress and concerns in honey temperature control.
The Bee Blanket
The Powerblanket Bee Blanket heating solution will maintain the same temperature as a hive. With low-level internal thermostats, you can apply the Bee Blanket and leave it be. There’s no need to worry about overheating your honey, because the Bee Blanket will never get too hot.
It is an easy-to-install heating solution for honey producers and bottlers. With this insulated vinyl heat blanket, you can heat your honey to the ideal temperature and maintain the viscosity required for bottling and managing honey stores.
Stand Out Features of the Bee Blanket:
- Cinch straps to secure tight fit
- Blanket temperature goes from ambient to 90°-110°F
- One heat zone
- Highly efficient design saves time and energy
- Works on both poly and steel buckets/pails
- Prevent overheating your honey and help minimize crystallization
- Keeps your honey at hive temperatures so you don’t lose nutrients
- All models are certified by ETL to UL & CSA safety standards
Baking with Honey
Recipe by Bobby Porter, Beekeeper, Redmond, UT
This bread recipe is very easy, and creates a bread with a softer crust.
Whisk the following ingredients:
2 ½ C very warm water
1 T yeast
2-4 T raw honey
1-2 T olive oil
–Set aside to allow yeast to grow a bit.
6 C flour
2 ½ tsp salt
Mix Part 1 and Part 2. The mix should be sticky. Let it double in size. Cut into 2 sections. Knead each section then place in 2 greased bread pans. Let each loaf rise again until each is 1 inch above the pan.
Bake at 375 for 32 minutes or until the top is golden. Oil/butter the crust when removed from oven.
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