Tuesday, May 22, 2012

honey syrup – or how to make good use of that last bit of honey

Honey syrup or how to not waste that last bit of honey at the bottom of the jar

I always struggle with the honey at the bottom of the jar. Perhaps, the best solution is to just get a spoon with a handle long enough to scrape the bottom of the jar, but then I find that I wind up covered in honey and sticking to everything. Or I find that everything sticks to me, like that time, when I was walking around my neighborhood with a receipt stuck to my hip, but that’s a story for another time.

I’ve decided that my favorite way to get to that last bit of honey is to make a honey simple syrup. I could say that cocktail weather is upon us, but if you ask me, it’s always cocktail weather in my book. And just about anywhere you can use regular simple syrup, a honey simple syrup should work just fine.

Just add the same amount of hot water as you have honey, screw the lid back on, and vigorously shake the jar. Voila – honey simple syrup, which you can refrigerate and use as a sweetener to tea, lemonade, or cocktails.

I’ll be back tomorrow to tell you what I used it in!

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19 Comments

  • 1

    Great idea and I love honey simple syrup in bourbon cocktails; can’t wait to see what you are up to!

    Cheers!

    May 22, 2012 12:28 pm
  • 2

    Great tip – and I like Barbara’s idea of adding it to bourbon cocktails too.

    May 22, 2012 12:32 pm
  • 3

    Good post. Honey syrup is a big tiki-drink ingredient, too. Now we must go make one. Thanks for the reminder…

    May 22, 2012 1:13 pm
  • 4
    Margarita said:

    Great idea! I hate it when things go to waste, but some things are just hard to save, like the honey left at the bottom of the jar. I will totally do this… thanks for the tip!

    May 22, 2012 5:57 pm
  • 5
    Adrienne said:

    What a great idea! I have an almost empty jar of honey that I’ve been ignoring for months, but now I will make syrup and use it to sweeten iced chai. YUM.

    May 22, 2012 7:28 pm
  • 6

    I love clever ideas like this! I have the same issue with the remains of the Dijon mustard in the bottle – now I just pour in a little balsamic vinegar and some extra virgin olive oil, shake it well, and I have a great French vinaigrette.

    May 22, 2012 7:46 pm
  • 7
    Eileen said:

    Now that is a perfect idea! Be right back–I have to go make a batch of this, and then maybe some sort of whiskey sour. :)

    May 22, 2012 8:02 pm
  • 8
    Louisa said:

    I love to do honey simple syrup – I usually add tons of chopped ginger in it and use it in banana and other smoothies.

    May 23, 2012 2:29 am
  • 9
    anji said:

    Oh – interesting! I usually make some hot tea, and then add a bunch of tea to the honey jar, swish it around, and voila! I have sweetened tea. And I use honey in my dressing, so I’ve also added vinegar to my honey jar in the past, and then used the mix in the dressing.

    May 23, 2012 4:47 am
  • 10

    That’s a good idea! My husband usually pours hot water into the jar and then uses it to make a cup of tea or two.

    May 23, 2012 6:56 am
  • 11

    I love this! I never know what to do with the last of the honey… and, seeing that I loves me my booze, I am definitely making this!

    May 23, 2012 9:10 am
  • 12
    Thien said:

    As the wife of a beekeeper, this makes my heart sing to see people not wasting good honey. :) We love doing the same thing with our jars so that we get to enjoy every last drop.

    May 23, 2012 9:35 am
  • 13

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    May 23, 2012 12:23 pm
  • 14
    Sara said:

    I have the worst problem with this too–this is a much better solution than I’ve yet devised!

    May 23, 2012 1:36 pm
  • 15

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    June 6, 2012 2:52 pm
  • 16

    I like honey Syrup so much

    July 19, 2012 1:09 pm
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  • 18

    Thanks for the post. I too hate to see anything go to waste, and often add water to many different things from food to beauty products to get the last bit out too.

    August 23, 2013 4:43 pm
  • 19
    markas said:

    Visit your neighbor and simply open it, put it on the floor, and watch their pet chihuaha run around with the jar on it’s headtrying to get the honey off of the bottom.
    Most fun way finish the jar!

    September 28, 2013 6:47 pm

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