Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Crafts - Challenge 1

Today's Christmas Craft Challenge: citrus honey.

This one is easy! If you are host to a gathering & find yourself with left-over wedges of lemons &/or limes, grab your honey pot & a tall clean jar.

Scoop some honey into the jar & then squeeze the citrus wedges into the jar (make sure you remove the seeds first so you don't have to deal with them later) & toss the wedges into the jar. I've put about 2 limes & probably 3 lemons into this large jar.

Top up with more honey & warm up in the microwave. Stir up the citrus juice with the melted honey, adding more to fill the jar up.

Label & date & then let it marinate anywhere from 5 days to 5 weeks. The fruit juice should keep the honey from crystallizing or returning to its creamy state. If you'd like, add a touch of salt or fresh grated ginger!

You can decant into smaller jars as gifts - make sure to include a few pieces of lemon & lime for presentation. You can still use the citrus in your cooking (think: roast chicken with some honey drizzled on top & a couple wedges of citrus tucked in around the bird).

I'm looking forward to using the honey in teas during the winter (I have a jar I made last winter that is absolutely perfect right now - it has lots of ginger, a touch of lavender salt & is rich in citrus zip & zing!)

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