What do you do when you’re an acclaimed maker of artisan maple syrup, seeking to add to your wares? Why it’s perfectly logical: You turn to another sweetener and fine food ingredient, honey.
The artisans at Runamok Maple Syrup, a Nibble Top Pick Of The Week, have created a line of artisan honey: raw varietal honey, hot honey infused with chiles, and other specialty flavors.
Like maple syrup, honey is of nature’s great natural sweeteners. Like maple syrup, honey lends itself to infused flavors. It elevates everyday food and beverage experiences, as you can see below in “Ways To Use Honey.”
The raw honey is supplied by Todd Hardie, one of the nation’s most respected beekeepers.
These jars of honey are wonderful gifts for home cooks and mixologists, in addition to people who love honey and sweet heat.
We’ve been using the Chile de Arbol- and Chipotle Morita-infused honeys as a condiment on everything from breakfast eggs and toast to grilled, roasted and fried chicken and shrimp.
The infused flavors are seductive dipping sauces, alone or mixed with mayonnaise and/or plain yogurt.
The product line is certified kosher by OU (as are the maple syrups).
The new line is exciting, including both raw* honey and infused honey.
Runamok Raw Honey
Beekeepers Cut Honey by Runamok (a wildflower honey of asters, rudbeckia, and goldenrod)
Florida Orange Blossom Honey by Runamok
High Plains Clover Honey by Runamok
Chile de Arbol Infused Honey by Runamok (a heat level similar to cayenne)
Chipotle Morita Infused Honey by Runamok (heat with a hint of smoke)
Hibiscus Flower Infused Honey by Runamok (tangy flavors of raspberry and lemon)
Lemon Verbena Infused Honey by Runamok (bright and citrusy)
Szechuan Peppercorn Infused Honey by Runamok (piney with a tongue-tingling finish)
Runamok Infused Honey
WAYS TO USE THE HONEYS
Your own palate will guide you to which honey to use for what purpose. We don’t like to give restrictive recommendations. But here’s how we use the honeys:
As a dessert drizzle (grilled fruit, pound cake, ice cream).
As a glaze for pork roast, ribs, grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp…and carrots.
As a sandwich condiment, spread on cheese (including grilled), grilled vegetables, ham, turkey.
For dipping—anything from chicken nuggets to pretzels.
For drizzling on a pizza (we enjoyed it on a goat cheese pizza as well as pepperoni).
In baking, particularly blended with pecans on a pie or tart.
In a cocktail, including a hot toddy.
In a pan sauce: add a half teaspoon when you deglaze the pan.
In marinades and glazes.
In salad dressings†.
In tea, hot or iced.
On cereal, granola and porridge.
On corn on the cob.
On pancakes, waffles, French toast.
On cornbread, English muffins, scones, toast.
Stir into mustard for honey mustard, add to softened butter for honey butter.
Stir into yogurt, or add to a yogurt parfait.
With cheeses: anything from soft goat cheese to blue cheese to aged Parmigiano-Reggiano.
If you eat it directly from the jar…join the group.
GET YOUR RUNAMOK HONEY
Head to RunamokMaple.com.
While you’re there, check out the maple syrups—also wonderful gifts and treats for your home table.
> THE HISTORY OF HONEY
> THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HONEY
> HONEY FACTS & TRIVIA
> HONEY PAIRINGS
> STORING & USING HONEY
 Eight artisan honeys from Runamok include three raw honey varietals and five infused honeys (all photos © Runamok Maple).
 The infused honeys are delicious on grilled cheese and other sandwiches. Here, grilled cheese with Taleggio; we also loved it with Brie.
 We particularly liked the chile flavors as a condiment with fried and roasted chicken. Any of the honeys can be used for basting or marinating.
 Add a jar of honey and a drizzle stick to a cheese board.
 A drizzle of honey is delicious on sandwiches from PB & B (banana) to ham and cheese.
*“Raw honey” comes straight from the hive. It can be filtered or unfiltered. Filtration helps to remove any air bubbles, so that the honey remains a clear liquid for a longer time. “Pure honey” is pasteurized but contains no added ingredients. Pasteurization helps to extend honey’s shelf life and makes it nice and smooth. If not labeled raw or pure, “regular” honey is pasteurized, and may contain added sugars.
†We loved it with a salad of roasted beets, goat cheese, watercress, and toasted pecans.
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