Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Forest Honey

 So, I finally tried it.....Forest Honey that is. I've been talking about it for a long while, waiting for just the right season, and it finally came.

I should've known better.
Basically, I saw a recipe in a kid's cookbook two years ago, that you can make a type of honey from pine needles. So I was dying to try it. The basic recipe is as follows:

Gather new pine needles
Soak in water overnight
Drain and discard the needles
Add sugar to the water and boil till thick

Why should've I known better? Because I've made candy before. Because I've boiled sugar before. Of COURSE it gets thick like honey. ha. The longer you cook any sugar syrup, the harder it gets (like peanut brittle, caramel corn, popcorn balls, etc)

So, really, this was pine flavored sugar water. Because for 5 cups water I had to add 3 cups sugar. Besides, I was impatient so I used Balsam needles instead of waiting for white pine needles. Oh boy did it smell! (Balsam is the strong-smelling Christmas tree type)

Need-less to say, I am pleased I finally tried this experiment...but wish I had thought it through (you'd think 2 years was enough!) because it tasted horriblly bitter, and I threw the whole thing out, and only afterward did I remember the candying principle and why it would get sticky. :)

So here you can look at this post and see how "Forest Honey" turns out, but you don't have to try it at home (which I don't recommend any way)!


Mrs. Mike said...

I love experiments! They teach you so many things and you share the results! I've never heard of such a thing. Thank you for the new knowledge.

Abbi said...

I guess I missed seeing this post. I remember visiting with you about this idea before you tried it but I didn't realize you had done it. I am sorry it didn't work for you. I think I shall have to share some real honey with you!

Maggie Bacher said...

i saw that recipe and haven't been able to find it again. glad you posted because i was beginning to think i was crazy. i can't find it again. i still want to try it though.


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