Drop by my website every week to see an unusual, out of the ordinary, yet easy to find ingredient. I'll teach you about it, give you a quick flavor profile, and of course include several recipes and new ideas on how to cook with it!
With spring finally upon us, this week, the What Do You Do with That ingredient is honeycomb! You may have bought a jar of honey before and noticed a big chunk of wax in it. My advice to you: don't throw it away! Honeycomb is delicious and can be used in many ways. If you've never seen it in a jar and want to experiment with it, this time of year, you can buy it on its own. Check Whole Foods and specialty grocery stores to find it.
- Raw honeycomb is built by bees to store honey and pollen. It comes right from the beehive and can most definitely be eaten!
- Just like honey, honeycomb is healthy for you! It's good for cholesterol and the liver. Some even say it helps their allergies.
- Honeycomb is similar to chewing gum. It's has a waxy consistently with a sweet flavor. It takes awhile to chew, which slows down eating and can help you not eat as much.
- It's often found in the jar you buy your honey in but it can also be bought alone for about $25. May seem expensive but the good news is, honey doesn't really expire. It's best stored at room temperature and can be eaten for years. I've had my same honeycomb for about 3 years and am still eating it!
- It's most commonly used on cheese boards, smeared on toast, on other breads, and as a garnish.
What else to do with them:
Be creative! I like to add honeycomb to anything creamy - pudding, ice cream, light cheeses, yogurt, and as a topping for whipped cream. It's great spread on buttered breads of any kind or put on top of cakes, cupcakes, and all kinds of dessert. It's absolutely delicious as a sweet component for savory dishes like a salty pork or chicken. I also love it on top of breakfast favorites - homemade biscuits, waffles, pancakes, or oatmeal!