Some things to know
Why shouldn’t I feed honey to a child under 1 year old?
WARNING: Do not feed honey to infants under 1 year of age
Infant botulism is a rare but very serious disease affecting the nervous system of infants. Honey and other raw agricultural products may contain bacterial spores from Clostridium botulinum that could cause infant botulism. These bacterial spores are widely distributed in nature. They can be found in soil, dust, the air or raw agricultural products. Clostridium botulinum spores have been detected in corn syrup, honey, fresh and processed meats, fruits and vegetables. Scientists don’t know why, but this disease has never been reported in an infant older than 11 months of age. Most infants that develop infant botulism have not been exposed to honey.
Infants born prematurely and under 1 year of age are at highest risk because their underdeveloped digestive systems may not produce enough acid to destroy bacterial spores.
What is Honey granulation (crystallization or sugaring)?
Granulation is a natural characteristic of pure honey, which does not harm it or indicate any deterioration of the honey. It is also easily reversed, without harming the Honey. Bring a pan of water to a boil, turn off the heat and place the container into this boiling water. Leave until both have cooled.
One thing you may try to prevent granulation is this. If you are buying in large containers that granulate before you are done with them, pour a manageable amount into a smaller “table server” for your table. Store the remainder in the large container in your freezer. Freezer temperatures are too low for glucose molecules to migrate and form crystals. As the table server empties, remove the large container from the freezer long enough for it to warm so you can refill the smaller container. Replace the large container in the freezer. Note: before you pour more honey into your table server be certain that no crystals remain there to act as ‘seed’ for the new honey to granulate around, a condition which will speed up granulation.
How should I substitute honey for sugar in recipes?
Simply substitute honey cup for cup in place of sugar.
As a rule reduce the liquid by 1/4 cup for every cup of honey used. In baked goods add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for every cup of honey used and bake at a temperature 25 degrees lower than instructions call for. In cookie recipes using eggs and no additional liquid, increase the flour by 2 tablespoons per cup of honey or enough flour to give the desired consistency. Chill before shaping and baking. Helpful hint: Honey can be measured easily by using the same cup used for measuring the oil in a recipe or by coating a cup or spoon with nonstick vegetable spray.
What are the ingredients in honey?
Honey is 100 percent pure honey, as made by the honeybees from the flower nectar they gather, transform and store in honeycombs. No ingredients are added or must be added by man.
Does honey contain fat or cholesterol?
No! Honey is composed primarily of carbohydrates.
What is the caloric value of honey?
One tablespoon of honey contains 60 calories.
Does honey contain sodium?
One tablespoon contains less than 2 milligrams sodium, a level which the Food and Drug Administrations considers “sodium free.”
Is BuzyBee Honey pasteurized?
No. Honey is by nature very low in bacteria and other microbes and does not benefit from a pasteurization process.
Does Honey spoil or go bad?
Honey will keep indefinitely if stored in a sealed container. It is best stored at room temperature. Refrigeration promotes granulation.
Does Honey change as it ages?
Honey darkens with age and becomes a bit stronger in flavor. But it will never spoil.
How is honey measured?
Honey is sold by weight. In Ghana, this means in kilogram. Unfortunately, we also measure volume in units called fluid ounces per the containment size.
What factors influence the flavor of honey?
Since honey is a natural product, its flavor is influenced by the type of flowers from which bees gather nectar, the geographical region and the weather.
Is honey a gluten-free food?
Honey is naturally free of gluten. It contains no wheat, barley, rye or oats or their by-products. No gluten containing products are stored or used in BuzyBee Pure Honey facilities.
Is the white substance on the surface of the Honey foam?
During our processing, as we pump, filter and fill bottles, air is unavoidably mixed into the honey. Honey, being a viscous solution, has a tendency to trap this air. After the filling step, this air will slowly rise to the top of the honey leaving a white ring of foam. The larger the container, the more foam present. The foam gradually dissipates as the entrapped air bubbles burst.
Is honey safe in a diabetic diet?
It would not be proper for BuzyBee Pure Honey to advise you on your medical condition. We would suggest that you consult your medical doctor or nutritionist regarding your use of honey. For your information, honey is a complex solution of many sugars, including fructose (38%), glucose (32%), sucrose (2%), maltose (7%) and other sugars, acids and flavor compounds (4%). These carbohydrates should be accounted for in your diet.
Why shouldn’t I microwave honey?
Many of our honey containers are made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a clear plastic that allows the consumer to see the honey before purchase. One of its characteristics, however, is warping at near boiling temperatures. Also, some of our labels are a foil, PVC and paper material. The foil, like metal cooking utensils, does create excessive heat problems in a microwave.
Also, honey, being a thick, viscous liquid, does not heat evenly in a microwave. Hotspots may develop that may lead to a sudden boil that spatters the hot contents. Such hotspots are also hot enough to degrade the flavor and color of this premium honey.
Is BuzyBee Pure Honey a product of Ghana?
All BuzyBee Pure Honey found in grocery stores is 100% Product of Ghana and truthfully says so on the label. BuzyBee Pure Honey is a cooperative of Viyada beekeepers producing the honey right here in Ghana. That means Ghana honeybees producing honey in our Vegetational Areas and pollinating Ghanaian crops. This honey is then processed (Extracted) and packaged in Ghana by BuzyBee Ghana. The 35-40 million pounds of honey produced by our cooperative is what makes up the BuzyBee Pure Honey you see on shelves. You can be assured that BuzyBee Pure Honey is always 100% Ghanaian, 100% pure and truly is ‘Ghana's Honey.’
How should I store Honey?
Honey is best kept in a sealed container at room temperature. Refrigeration preserves honey very well but also promotes granulation, yielding a semi-solid mass. Freezing, on the other hand, preserves honey well and does not promote granulation, but makes dispensing difficult. Avoid temperatures above room temperature since they promote the darkening of the honey, along with subtle flavor changes.
Does Honey contain trans fatty acids?
No. Honey is naturally free of trans fatty acids.
Is BuzyBee Pure Honey 100% natural?
Yes, it contains no man-made additives or additives of any kind.
What is the shelf life of Honey?
Honey does not spoil. However, the flavor is best when consumed before the ‘Best Before’ date on the Lable.