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BlogHer NYC 2010 Conference
Today I am flying to New York City for this year’s BlogHer conference! If you’re in the area of attending the conference, let me know so that we can meet up 🙂 Also, if the Hermes company would like to offer me one of their scarves in return for a product review blog post while I’m in NYC, I would be delighted to do so. Just sayin’.
Product Review and Giveaway
Who doesn’t love honey? Not only is it delicious, but honey also has many healing properties. One of my favourite reference books, The Science of Good Food, notes that honey has mild antibacterial properties and that it can be used as a topical ointment. It also cautions against giving honey to infants, however, because it could potentially be toxic to them (who knew?).
I prefer not to use granulated sugar if I can help it, and instead I like using real honey or real maple syrup if a sugar is required in a recipe – for example, if I am baking, or if I am being particularly decadent and wish to add a little extra sweetness to a meal. The reason for this is that honey and maple syrup are less processed than granulated sugar (even “sugar in the raw” or “organic cane sugar”, which many healthy folk like to use. Because those are just glorified forms of sugar. Honey and maple syrup are also glorified forms of sugar, but at least they are in a more natural state and have a slightly higher nutrient content).
Tropical Traditions honey comes right from my dear home country of Canada. It is 100% organic, raw, and unprocessed, all of which I approve of. It is a glorious golden colour, all beautiful swirls, and it can be stored in the cupboard without altering the product. I first tested this product with the best way honey can be tested: with good old fashioned bread and butter! It was melt-in-your-mouth yummy. I also tried using the honey in my homemade ketchup instead of using agave nectar and it worked very well for that, too. I am planning on making some kind of lemon-current-honey loaf in the future, so when I have perfected that recipe, I will of course be posting the recipe!
Please remember that sugar is still sugar, no matter what the form. Honey does have a nutrition content, but it should only be used in small quantities and as a treat. If you must use sugar (and lets face it, at some point or another, having a little bit of sugar in our lives is a good thing), honey is one of the best options you can choose.
Beware, however, that if you use honey in baking, it will alter the texture and taste of the recipe. The Science of Good Food recommends replacing 1 cup granulated sugar with 1 cup minus 2-3 tablespoons of honey, and reducing the liquid in the recipe by about 3 tablespoons. It also suggests that because honey is acidic, you should add 1/4 tsp baking soda to neutralize the acidity levels in the recipe. Give it a try! It will add a whole new dimension to your favourite recipe.
Want to win some honey for yourself? Leave me a comment below with your favourite honey recipe, some pearls of wisdom about sugar and health, or what you think about the very unfortunate situation of the decreasing bee population around the globe. As always, any particularly insightful, clever, or amusing comments will give you a greater chance to win a jar of honey! Winner will be announced next week on Wednesday, August 11th.
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.