We love honey. Honey in tea, honey on ice cream, honey glazed on top of baked or fried chicken. In addition, we have always been fascinated with the production process from bee to bottle as well as the fact that there are more than 300 types of honey originating from different floral sources. The science of it all is just amazing.
Luckily, life got a little sweeter one day when we were introduced to the delicious honey crème creations from Honey Ridge Farms based in Brush Praire, WA. With a long beekeeping family legacy, owner Leeanne Goetz and the company produce honey-based products that add a “complex flavor dimension” to a variety of dishes and condiments such as beverages, salads, desserts, sauces marinades and more.
Truly nature’s natural sweetener, if you are a honey fan and a foodie, you are going to be in honey heaven. First, let’s start with the honey crèmes. With a flavor to fit any dish you wish to create, at just $3.95 for the small 3 oz jars, you can order 4 or 5 and choose from lavender, coconut, spiced, blood orange and raspberry just to name a few. Just like peanut butter, you may be tempted to take a spoon and keep eating and eating and eating. Smear them on toast, pastries, on top of ice cream. Think about adding to savory sauce creations for fish, pork and chicken.
Next, we’ll move on to the vinegars. Such a unique twist on what is one of our favorite cooking ingredients, especially for salad dressings. Our favorite by far is the Serrano Chile Balsamic Vinegar. We browned a steak and added this to the skillet along with garlic to mix with the brown bits to create a little au jus to pour over the steak. We also added a tiny bit to our fresh green beans and sun-dried tomatoes sautéed in olive oil and garlic for a spicy bite. Delicious. Stay tuned for both of these recipes in our Chef’s Corner. If spice is not your thing, keep it simple with just the balsamic honey vinegar. You can’t go wrong with either one. Both retail for $12.99.
For more information and more yummy honey crème flavors, visit Honey Ridge Farms online at www.honeyridgefarms.com.