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Also on this page: Why Buy U.S.A.
Honey, a pure,
natural sweetener prepared by bees from nectar collected from wild and cultivated flowers,
was the first sweetener known to man. It is frequently mentioned in the Bible and
depicted in cave paintings from prehistoric times. Early civilizations, like the
Greeks and Romans, called honey, "the nectar of the gods". It has been
said that honey bees were not native to North America; and that early settlers brought bee
colonies to the East Coast States. Native Americans termed them the "white
Why Honey Instead of Sugar?
When bees have access to large areas of one kind of flower, such as clover,
basswood, goldenrod, or buckwheat, they produce honey with a flavor and color typical of
that particular plant. Bees also make natural blends of honey from many different
flowers in areas where no one flower predominates. Honeys are also blended during
packing to produce a pleasing taste combination that can be duplicated throughout the
To make honey from nectar, honey bees evaporate much of the moisture and add
compounds called enzymes that change the composition of the nectar. Some of the
complex sugars are broken down into simpler ones; and some of the sugar is converted into
an edible acid called gluconic acid. This process helps to give honey it's
distinctive taste. When the moisture content of the honey is reduced to about 17%,
the bees fill the small cells of the comb and seal them with a white beeswax
capping. We can then remove the sealed combs from the beehives to use them on our
table as comb honey or to have them extracted for use as liquid honey. You need not
worry about eating the wax with the honey because beeswax is a completely wholesome
Honey flavors range from mild and bland to strong and pungent. The
color ranges from black to white. Pigment (color) begins in the nectar at the plant
and is transported back to the hive. It is intensified by the natural process that
the bees put it through (reducing the moisture level, etc.). Darker colored honey
does NOT mean lesser quality; it means a different source of nectar and a different
taste of honey. By trying different honeys, you can find the ones you enjoy most.
Types of honey are: comb
honey, liquid (extracted)
honey, granulated (creamed)
honey, and chunk
Comb honey is honey-filled
beeswax comb as stored directly by the bees.
Liquid (extracted) honey is
prepared by cutting off the wax cappings and whirling the comb in a honey extractor, where
centrifugal force moves the honey out of the cells.
Granulated (creamy) honey
is made by blending one part finely granulated honey with nine parts liquid honey.
The mixture is stored at about 57 degrees until it becomes firm.
Chunk honey is comb honey
in a jar with liquid honey poured around it.
If you wish to reliquefy naturally granulated honey, put the container in a
double boiler or some other water bath at about 145 degrees. A microwave also works
well. Loosen or remove the container lid and stir the honey once or twice while it
is heating. As soon as the granules are dissolved, remove the honey from the heat
and let it cool as quickly as possible. NOTE: Honey that is partially granulated is not
Both liquid honey and comb honey should be stored properly to maintain their
quality. For home use, store in a dry location at 70 - 75 degrees. Make sure
the cap is on tight because honey tends to absorb moisture, which can lower it's
quality. For very long term, granulation free storage, keep sealed and in a
freezer. Granulated or creamy honeys should kept at room temperature.
Probably the most asked question and one of the most difficult to answer is
"what is raw & unprocessed, organic, unheated, or uncooked honey and
is it best for me"? We, at Drapers, feel that these terms are used more to
market the product than to benefit the consumer.
The facts are:
1. All honeys in containers are processed to some extent --
comb honey is the ONLY unprocessed honey.
2. LESS PROCESSED honeys (no heat applied) have more taste but
can be susceptible to fermentation from sugar-tolerant yeasts which are always present in
3. High temperatures used during processing (over 160 degrees)
with filtration, tend to reduce granulation and help improve the looks of the products,
however, natural enzymes are eliminated.
4. Straining or filtering IS NECESSARY (many different systems
are in use) to present honey at it's best. Partially granulated honey on a shelf,
sells very poorly.
5. Organic is a term that should not be used at all. Bees
are nature's creatures and can not be controlled totally by beekeepers.
6. Just find a honey that looks and tastes good to you and
Honey has many
unique flavors and is rich in history! It can be used in diverse ways from baked
goods to a topping for cereal to a glaze for meat to a sweetener for tea. Honey is derived from the nectar of flowers and, unlike refined
sugar, consists of various sugars which enter the blood stream at different
times. It therefore has less effect on blood sugar levels than refined sugar.
When substituting honey for sugar in a recipe, begin by
substituting honey for up to half of the sugar called for and reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe by
1/4 cup for each cup of honey added (note: because honey has more sweetening power
than sugar, a reduced quantity of honey may be appropriate - adjust per your taste).
Recipes containing honey need to be beaten longer and more vigorously than sugar recipes,
and when baking with honey, add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for each cup of honey used and
lower the temperature by 25 degrees. Honey batter becomes crisp and browns faster
than sugar batter. The floral source of the honey should be considered when cooking
with honey since honey will impart some of it's flavor (darker, stronger honeys will allow
more of a honey taste to come through in your finished product). Honey will provide
a firmer, heavier texture.
are vital to agriculture and the world's food supply. While gathering
nectar to produce honey, bees are transferring pollen. The USDA estimates
that one third of the food supply benefits from honeybee pollination.
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Why U.S.A. produced honey?
Why Drapers honey?
Why the often higher rate?
The answers to the above questions are often motivated by selfishness (the need to sell
honey), by political correctness (or lack of it) depending on your opinion, and by the
need to stimulate potential customers interest and knowledge.
Why U.S.A. produced honey?
U.S.A. honey is what youre usually used to tasting (brings back fond childhood
memories). U.S.A. honey production is subject to rules and regulations (inspections,
sanitation, chemical use restrictions, etc.). U.S.A. honey is produced by your friends and
neighbors. U.S.A. honey is one of the products of the bees who pollinate many crops that
directly or indirectly supply all of us with a very large portion of our food! In
summation U.S.A. honey provides wages for our families, food for our tables, and
pollination for our crops.
Why Drapers honey?
Obviously the selfish one - - we need your business. We are beekeepers who operate 1000
hives - - they produce a large portion of the honey we sell. Being producers ourselves, we
take pride in selling only U.S.A. produced honey. What we can not produce ourselves, we
buy from other, dependable U.S.A. based beekeepers. We have been here for almost 30 years,
to be in business that long means you have to have satisfied customers, which we do! Why?
Because we care about you and wish to keep you happy!
The higher rate?
This comes from many hidden things such as toll-free phone lines (we pay for them),
Kosher certification (desirable but expensive), many sizes and styles of containers
(costly inventory), many types of honey (very costly to maintain an inventory all year),
retail facilities (U.P.S. shipping and walk in sales area), wholesale capabilities
(delivery vans and support staff), computer systems to support both retail and wholesale
operations, and many more little things that make a business convenient for you (not the
least of which is a real person to answer the phone).
Our quality is our # 1 priority, we are dependable and we offer our customers a 100%
money back guarantee. For wholesale accounts: you will get return sales (customer
satisfaction), correct labeling (U.P.C., nutrition labeling, Kosher certification, and
promotional materials - from the National Honey Board).
To both wholesale and retail customers we offer customer service and
Now you decide:
Willing to pay a little more?
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