Creamed Honey DIY

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If you've ever had creamed honey, you probably prefer it by a large margin to standard honey and you are probably even think its worth the extra price.  But did you know that you can easily make your own and save? 

In this Instructable, I'll show you the simple process of making creamed honey.  If you haven't ever had creamed honey you don't know what you are missing.  Creamed honey is thicker and "creamier" than standard honey.  It tastes better, feels like velvet on your tongue, and won't smoosh out of your sandwich so much.
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Step 1: Getting Started - Creamed honey facts

Contrary to popular belief, creamed honey is not whipped.  It is actually crystalized.  The difference between creamed honey and the nasty, gritty honey that you find in your pantry after having neglected your honey for several months is the size of the crystals.  Creamed honey has tiny, silky, smooth crystals.

You can determine the size of the crystals in your honey by providing a pattern or "starter."  The easiest way to get a good starter is to buy your favorite creamed honey.  Once you have that, you can make endless gallons of creamed honey.

One really cool advantage of creamed honey is that it is already crystalized, so it will never get all nasty and gritty, even if you loose it in your pantry for a few years.

For those who prefer visual explanations, you can see the process in this video.

Step 2: Prepare the Honey

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You will need to make sure that your stock honey has no crystals in it.  If your honey is fresh out of the comb, you should be fine.  If it is fresh from Costco, you still might be okay.  If you see any crystals in the honey or on the sides of the container, you will want to heat it untill all the crystals have melted.  A good way to do this is by placing the container in a pot of about 200 degreee farenheit water until it is nice and runny.  Make sure to let the honey cool back to room temerature before proceeding.
mlcorson5 years ago
What came first? The creamed honey starter or the creamed honey? Where do you get creamed honey? Do you have to buy it?

Argysh mlcorson4 months ago

To get cream honey without a starter you'd have to stir fresh honey thoroughly every other day while it is naturally crystallizing. This disturbs the growth of the crystals and prevents them from becoming too big.

Depending on the water content, purity and temperature, the time it takes varies greatly. (It's a little shorter than your honey would take to completely crystallize when left untouched > months)

But Shoemakers (or rather Dyces) method is much faster and the results are on par.

shoemaker (author)  mlcorson5 years ago
That's a good question.  I don't know where the starter comes from.  Maybe it is milled crystalized honey. 

It is easy enough to go buy a couple of bucks worth of creamed honey and them make an endless ammount of creamed honey from that.
I hear you can make starter by grinding crystalized honey down in a mortar and pestle till it's a paste..
I was curious since I've never heard of creamed honey, that is exactly what you do.

Neat instructable, taught me something new, and that i never would have thought of.
mousewrites5 years ago
This is brillant. I didn't realize creamed honey wasn't whipped. I'll be trying this! Thanks!