Billy Bee Honey Products Ltd.

April 07, 2009 07:00 ET

Use Honey to Naturally Sweeten Those Springtime Recipes

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 7, 2009) - More and more consumers are using honey as an ingredient these days because unlike most sweeteners, honey contains small amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, as well as antioxidants.

Honey is 100 per cent pure and natural, is a rich source of carbohydrates and baked goods sweetened with honey stay moister and fresher than those made with sugar.

"Recipes, specifically developed using honey will deliver the best results," says Caitlin Latham, Group Marketing Manager, McCormick Canada, which operates the 50-year-old Billy Bee Honey Products Limited. "When exchanging honey for granulated sugar in recipes, substitute honey for up to half of the sugar in the recipe. Tips when substituting honey for sugar in baked goods: add about 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for each cup of honey used; reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used; and lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent over-browning."

Latham adds that coating the measuring spoon or cup with vegetable oil or non-stick cooking oil before using honey will make clean-up fast and easy.

And she notes that a common mistake is to store honey in the refrigerator, causing it to crystallize more quickly. If this happens, simply place the honey container in warm water and stir until the crystals dissolve.

Latham also reminds us that honey can be used in a variety of ways, from stirring it into a hot cup of tea to brushing it over baked ham; from adding it to a fruit smoothie for a quick burst of energy to drizzling it on ice cream or fruit, or spreading creamed honey on crepes or bran waffles instead of butter or margarine. Children love it as a dip for apple slices, carrots and celery sticks, and it's a wonderful complement to chicken fingers or nuggets.

And it can be used for home beauty treatments too. Because honey is a humectant, it attracts and retains moisture, making it an ideal "natural" moisturizer. It can be used when creating homemade facial masks or lip moisturizer.

(Some information in this news release is courtesy of the National Honey Board,

Founded in 1958, Billy Bee Honey Products is Canada's largest honey business with a leading share of branded honey sales to retailers in Canada. In recent years, Billy Bee has developed and marketed new products using honey, including mustard, sauces and salad dressings. Acquired by McCormick and Company in 2008, Billy Bee supplies about half of the private label honey sold to Canadian retailers and about half of the honey used as an ingredient by food manufacturers in Canada.

McCormick Canada, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2008, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of McCormick & Company, Inc., a global leader in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of spices, seasonings and flavours to the entire food industry. Founded in 1889 in Baltimore, Maryland, McCormick & Company employs more than 7,500 people. McCormick & Company includes Schwartz (UK), McCormick Foods Australia, Ducros (France), McCormick de Centro America (Central America), and AVT McCormick (India). More information can be found at

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