Basil Flavored Honey is simple to make at home and can be used in a variety of recipes ranging from salad dressings, savory bread spreads and even your secret ingredient for your famous bar-b-que sauce! Honey is perhaps one of the best natural preservative ever discovered, having remarkable shelf life, preserving the properties of the herbs infused for use in both the kitchen and medicine cabinet.
1. Fill the glass jar half way to the top with fresh honey.
2. Place either the chopped or whole leaf Basil into the jar, packing loosely, using the bamboo skewer to make sure the leaves are dispersed evenly throughout the honey.
3. Top off the herb infused honey with more honey to fill the jar.
4. Tighten the lid onto the jar and label.
Because Honey has a way of crystallizing, it is best to keep the jars out of direct light, in a dark cupboard or pantry. If the honey does crystallize, fill a small cooking pot with 2 inches or so of water and place the glass jar of honey in the center. Gently warm up the water over medium heat on your stove to heat up the honey, stirring occasionally to disperse the honey crystals until all of the honey is smooth again. Do not bring to a boil. Overheating the honey will break down some of the properties of the honey!
This only works with glass jars of honey. Do not attempt this heating method with plastic containers of honey. It is never recommended to melt plastics as the chemicals breakdown and infuse the honey with the chemicals.
Basil Honey is great added to hot tea to help alleviate congestion and reduce fever from the common cold!