The A – Z Of Dried Honey

Honey is a natural sweetener collected from the nectars of flowers by honeybees. Because of this liquid’s health & medical-related benefits, honey is well known for ages. Since honey’s usefulness is so vast, people tend to use honey in another way around named – Dried or dehydrated Honey. 

What is dried honey? Honey processed by dehydration formula is known as powdered honey. Some might call it ‘powdered honey’ or ‘honey crystals’ or ‘honey powder’. Powdered honey is ideal for storing for years. Based on the types of honey, what other ingredients added on while processing, the final product quality differs for dehydrated honey. 

There are several types of honey available, like raw honey, manuka honey, organic honey, buckwheat honey, etc. As a result, some powdered honey resembles baking soda, while others have a bigger grain texture lookalike.

This article will cover all the information about dehydrated Honey, its benefits, application in different fields. Let’s check out to find out more!

 

Dried Honey Benefits

The dried honey powder has several benefits in different recipes & other usages. Among vast benefits, several ones are given below – 

  • Honey is an excellent sugar alternative, a great source of vitamins & minerals. Dehydrated honey has a lower G.I. (glycemic index) than regular sugar and same as a natural sweetener. 
  • Dehydrated honey is perfect for long-term storage & food preservation. Baking food remains in healthier condition.
  • For making delicious baking foods, dehydrated honey is an easy substitute. Baked cookies or pie crusts stay soft, moist & delicious all day long. The light consistency nature of dehydrated honey works well for frosting too.
  • Dehydrated honey offers a reasonable price than other sweeteners. Compared to refined sugar, organic honey powder is much cheaper. 

 

How To Make Dried Honey

There are two ways to make dehydrated honey at home—one using a dehydrator, one without using a dehydrator. When dehydrating honey, it’s wise to choose the honey that fits your requirement & quality one. 

Making Dried Honey with a Dehydrator

With a dehydrator, it takes minimal equipment & little time. It’s an easy process because honey will crystallize on its own. 

Necessary ingredients

  • Honey (preferred Raw).
  • Silicone sheet or Parchment paper.
  • Spatula.
  • Dehydrator tray or Cooking sheet.

Procedure

  • Place the silicone sheet on the dehydrator tray.
  • Pour the honey on the silicone sheet.
  • Spread the honey to 1/8th thickness with the spatula.
  • Set the dehydrator to 48 degrees Celsius/120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Dehydrate honey until it becomes crisp. The process might take 24 – 48 hours. 
  • Once it becomes crisp, cool it down to room temperature in a dry location.
  • Crush the dehydrated honey & transfer it to a jar.
  • Seal the jar & store it for further usage.

*Note – If you are using an oven, monitor the temp while drying. Temperature over 120 degrees will burn the honey.  

Dried Honey
Crystallized Honey

Making Dried Honey without a Dehydrator

There is another way on how to make honey powder without a dehydrator. Since honey is a sugar alternative, a candy-making technique is a good route. 

Necessary ingredients

  • One large pan & gas burner.
  • Food thermometer & a baking tray.
  • Raw honey.
  • Grinding machine.
  • Corn-starch.
  • Strainer or Sieve.
  • A scoop or big spoon.
  • Container/Jar.

Procedure

  • Take some raw honey & put it on the large size pan.
  • Put the pan on the gas burner & start the burner to begin the process.
  • Once the honey starts boiling, check the temperature using the food thermometer.
  • Continuous thermal check is necessary & when temp reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit, switch off the burner.
  • After the honey becomes caramelized, take it out from the pan with a big spoon & spread it on the baking tray. 
  • Let the caramelized honey cool down. 
  • After the honey has cooled down, it will look like a see-through glass. Now break down the honey into pieces with a hand.
  • Add corn-starch with the honey pieces & grind them into a blender jar to make the powder.  Corn-starch will eliminate the moisture from the honey.
  • Take out the powder & break the soft clumps. After removing all the clusters, sieve them to remove big size clumps. 
  • Dehydrated honey is ready to consume or store. Store it in an airtight jar for increasing shelf life.

*Note – Keep an eye on the gas burner because honey burns quickly. Honey requires less heat than sugar. 

 

Dried Honey Drawbacks

Finding dehydrated honey is relatively easy nowadays. Before purchasing, learn about some drawbacks like – 

  • Honey manufacturing companies might add artificial sweeteners to powdered honey. 
  • It doesn’t caramelize like sugar(refined). So it doesn’t promote extra chewiness in some recipes.
  • Some dehydrated honey chunks might give a smoky or burning flavor if you keep the honey much longer on the burner than the required time.

While searching for dehydrated honey for sale & due to different sources of the powdered honey manufacturer available on the market, we suggest following some guidelines to fight the drawbacks. 

  • Use products that list powdered honey as the first ingredient & fructose, sucrose, or floor as the second ingredient. 
  • Use organic powdered honey.
  • Another way is combining dehydrated honey with other sweeteners to minimize the usage of other ingredients. 

As we know, dehydrated honey doesn’t create extra chewiness like regular sugar. So, it’s better to add another sweetener to caramelize sometimes.

Dried Honey
Dried Honey Powder

Dried Honey In Cooking

Powdered honey brings extra flavor to cooking dishes. The best part is powdered honey is usable as a powder to garnish dishes. When combined with different kinds of dishes, it’s merely divine flavor. Some creative ways to use powdered honey in dishes are given below – 

  • Excellent in Baked Goods

Whether it’s cookies or baking cake, powdered honey is used instead of sugar. It takes less amount than sugar & will taste the same. Add some powder honey to the top of the baked bread to give a special sweet kick.

  • Garnish the Smoothies

Powdered honey can replace regular sugar in smoothies. Using this honey instead of sugar in your smoothies will help avoid many health-related issues from consuming too much sugar. 

  • In Cold Drinks

Liquid honey doesn’t dissolve in cold drinks easily. Powdered honey easily blends with lemonade & iced tea and gives a healthy alternative to regular sugar.

  • With Oatmeal

Adding some powdered honey sprinkled over morning oatmeal will give a smooth sweet taste without overpowering it. Powdered honey works best on cold oatmeal or general room temperature oatmeal, but it’s okay to use it in warm oatmeals.

  • On Muffins & Cakes

Powdered honey can be used in sweet decoration on muffins & cakes. Break into shards and use the powdered honey shards after the baking of the cake. Another way of operating is to break up the powdered honey bits into granules & sprinkle them over the cake for a good look.

These are some excellent ways of using powdered honey in cooking. Why not taste them out? There are many other ways of using dehydrated honey. Dehydrated honey is a perfect healthy alternative to processed sugar. 

 

Dried Honey Recipes

Powdered honey is an excellent addition to the kitchen & useful for preparing various dishes for family & friends. Some great recipes are shared below to try out. 

Dried Honey Cookies

Necessary Ingredients

  • One ¼ cups of flour.
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger.
  • One tablespoon ground cinnamon.
  • Five tablespoons unsalted cubed butter.
  • Three tablespoons powdered Honey.
  • ¼ tsp apple or pumpkin pie spice.

Process

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line 2 baking sheet using parchment.
  • Place the flour & spices into the bowl.
  • Use the fingerprints to rub it until the combination looks like breadcrumbs.
  • Add powdered honey into it & mix it gently.
  • Use plastic foil to cover it & leave it for about thirty minutes. 
  • Roll dough until 1/8 to ¼ inches thick between the two parchment sheets & cut the shapes to their taste.
  • Put the cookies slightly apart & leave them for ten minutes.
  • After the goldish color comes out, let them cool for another five minutes.
  • Powdered honey cookies are ready to serve. 

 

Lemon Spice Dried Honey Cupcakes

Necessary Ingredients

  • Two teaspoons powdered Honey
  • 2 ½ softened and divided sticks butter
  • Two teaspoons lemon zest & Four eggs
  • One teaspoon grated ginger
  • Powdered sugar 2 ½ cups
  • Lemon juice, ¼ cup
  • Three cups flour & Sugar 1 ½ cup
  • Dash salt & One cup of milk
  • One teaspoon baking powder
  • Cream cheese, four oz

Process

  • Beat together butter sticks with sugar until pale & fluffy.
  • Mix one egg, ginger & lemon zest at a time.
  • Combine lemon juice with milk in one measuring cup.
  • In another bowl, mix baking powder, salt & flour.
  • Beat into dry batter ingredients and wet alternating between flour and milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
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  • Place the combined batter into the cupcake liners & bake for fifteen minutes.
  • Insert a toothpick into the cup & check if it’s come clean or not.
  • Meanwhile, beat powdered sugar, powdered honey, crème cheese & one stick of butter to make frost.
  • After the cupcake is cooked, cool it down & apply frost for serving.
Dried Honey
Freeze Dried Honey Powder

Dried Honey Herb Chicken

Necessary Ingredients

  • Cut up broiler chicken, 1 to 4 lb
  • Freshly ground black pepper, ¼ teaspoon
  • ½ cup powdered Honey
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • Soy sauce, two tablespoons
  • Lemon juice, two tablespoons
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • Fresh basil, one tablespoon
  • Pepper and salt & powdered garlic
  • Olive oil, ¼ cup
  • Four to six garlic cloves

Process

  • Put the ingredients into the blender except for chicken.
  • Spray a casserole dish and brush with olive oil.
  • Put the chicken on it & pour seasoning mixture.
  • Sprinkle the meat with pepper, garlic powder & salt.
  • Bake in a pan for about one hour at 350 degrees.
  • Don’t cover the pan & baste with juice frequently.
  • After removing from the oven, use the foil to cover the dish & leave for fifteen minutes.
  • Powdered Honey Herb Chicken is ready to serve.

 

Conclusions

After reading this article, I hope you get a good glimpse of dehydrated honey, its benefits, how it was made, etc. 

There are several sources & types of powdered honey available in the market online & offline. We suggest going for organic powdered honey because it offers the best quality among other honey’s. 

Instead of consuming regular sugar that might contain preservatives or chemicals, next time, try powdered honey to change the taste & get the benefits that come with it. 

Instead of buying, you can make powdered honey yourself at home. Good luck!

 

Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q)

  • What is dried honey?

Ans – Dried honey is the dehydrated version of real honey. Powdered honey looks like baking soda & often mixed with other ingredients to keep it in fluffy dust form.

  • Is powdered honey healthy?

Ans – Powder honey offers the same health benefits as liquid honey. As a result, powdered honey is excellent for health & skin because honey has many vitamins & minerals.

  • How do you fix dried honey?

Ans – Sometimes powdered honey takes crystallized form. To fix it, heat the chunk of powdered honey for 30 seconds, next cool them for 20 seconds & again heat them for 30 seconds. Repeat until it fixes powdered honey.

  • Is honey powder real honey?

Ans – Yes! Of Course! The powdered version of honey comes from dehydrating liquid honey. Just the honey takes another form, the vitamins & benefits remain the same as raw honey. Honey powder tends to stay good for a more extended period.

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