What Is Dehydrated Honey?
Dehydrated honey, also known as powdered honey, honey crystals or dried honey, is simply regular honey after it's water content is removed. In fact, you can make your own powdered honey at home!
FROM SYRUP TO POWDER
When thinking about honey, it is common to picture a thick, sticky, and messy syrup. But honey can also get dry! After drying, the dried honey can be granualized in
to a brown sugar like consistency. Dried honey can also be powderized to the point that it has the same consistancy a table sugar.
WHY DEHYDRATE MY HONEY?
Honey is a common ingredient in cooking, baking, and is also used for sweetening tea or coffee. Honey is also a healthy source of energy that is said to promote a healthy immune system. Dried honey offers all of the same nutritional and flavor benefits of honey syrup, but in a more practical and mess-free form.
HOME-MADE DEHYDRATED HONEY
I personally love home-made foods and prjects! Making things at home helps me to deepen my apprecation. What once was the standard, home-made, is now a luxury in modern day. The commical irony is that "store-bought" was the luxury of the past, now days its the standard.
Notice: If you decide to buy dehydrated honey, be sure to check the ingredients. Many products advertised as powdered honey are in fact honey-flavored sugar.
- Food Dehydrator
- Parchment Paper or Puree Sheet
- Food Processor
- Airtight Container (for storage)
To get started with your first batch of dehydrated honey, clear a work space where you can plug in your food deyhdrator and spread honey on the parchment paper.
Step 1: Spread The Honey
If your food dehydrator comes with its own puree sheet, that would be perfect. Otherwise, cut a piece of parchment paper to place inside your food processor.
Once your dehydraing surface is ready, pour and spread a little honey on the surface. The goal at this point is to make sure you spread the honey thin layer in order to increase the surface area of the honey, this will help the process of removing the moisture from the honey. To be precise, make sure your spread honey is no thicker than 1/8 of an inch.
Tip: During the spreading step, you can add some ground cinnamon, ginger, lemon powder, or other flavor to spruce up your honey powder. Add a little bit of you to the process and make your honey powder the way you like it.
Step 2: Slow Heat
It is important to be patient during the dehydration process becuase honey can burn. In my other articles about making tea, I frequently say "the sun does not rush to rise, neither the leaf to awaken. Simply, let the honey do its thing. Dont try to speed up the process with higher heat.
I recommend setting your dehydrator at 120*F, at this temprature you can dehydrate honey for as long a few days without causing damage to the end product.
When is my dehydrated honey ready?
There isnt a perfect standard to how long it takes to completely dehydrate honey. The required time will change depending on the honey being used.
The best way to tell if your honey is fully dehydrated and ready to be granulated is to physically check its consistancy. I feel it to see if it's ready for a processor. Like checking wet paint, its done when the tackiness is gone.
If the dehydrated honey is still sticky, let it spend more time in the dehydrator. With the temprature at 120*F there should not be any fear of burning your honey.
Step 3: Granulating
This step is as easy as removing your dehydrated honey from the dehydrator trays, breaking it up, and powderizing it in a food processor.
There is just one challenge moving foward, moisture.
To beat the moisture, do not wait long or allow your dehydrated honey to dry or be exposed to the air before breaking it up and powderizing it in a food processor.
The longer dehydrated honey is left exposed to humidity in the atomospher, it will become soft and tacky. Once dehydrated honey becomes tacky, it will not be able to be powderized.
Step 4: Storage
As mentioned in step 3, moisture is going to be your honey powder's greatest advisary. Make sure your honey powder is store in an air-tight continer as soon as it is powderized.
Over time, your honey powder will begin to cake as it is expozed to humidity in the atmosphere. Caked honey powder is not bad and can still be used.
To prevent caking caused by humidity, many powdered honey manufactures will use silicon dioxide, a natural minieral found in leafy green vegetables, beets, bell peppers, brown rice, oats, and alfalfa.
CANT I JUST BUY HONEY POWDER?
Yes, you can. In fact taotetea.com offers 2 different honey powder product made by Santa Colmena, Spanish for Holy Hive.