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Austerfield Apiary, a third-generation bee-keeping business, brings you from the heart of Headwaters Country in Dufferin County, an assortment of delicious light, dark and creamed natural unpasteurized honey, chunk and comb honey (in season) and a wide range of natural health products including pollen, propolis and royal jelly.
Honey, often described as "Nectar of the Gods", has been used as a natural, unrefined, sweetener since the time of the cave dwellers. The most ancient art work ever discovered depicts man collecting honey from wild bees. The drawings discovered in the "Spider Cave" in Spain in 1919 are believed to be over fifteen thousand years old.
Primeval man was well aware of the value of honey as a health-giving substance.
Unlike cane and beet sugars the body does not have to break down honey before it can be absorbed into the blood stream. The simple fructrose and dextrose sugars contained in nectar gathered by bees from flowers is assimilated quickly into instant energy in the blood stream with the least amount of stress on the digestive system of any other sweetner.
Honey is more flavouful when it is left natural and unprocessed. Austerfield Apiary does not pasteurize honey, since bacteria cannot live in it,and the high heat required to destroy sugar-tolerant yeasts which cause granulation also kills the natural enzymes and vitamins. Unpasteurized honey will, therefore, often granulate.
This is a natural process and does not affect the quality of the Honey. On the contrary, it is a sure sign that the honey is pure.
Honey should be kept at room temperature not above 90 degrees F. and if it eventually crystalizes, and you wish to reliquify it, put the container[without the lid] in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds on "high", or in a saucepan of hot water and simmer for a few minutes on the stove. Do not allow the honey to boil since it will darken and spoil the flavour.
Honey can be used in many different and delicious ways. Spread on bread, toast or muffins, a sweetener for tea and coffee, or in home baking in breads, cakes, canning, jams and salad dressings. Whether it be clover honey with its light delicate flavour, or the more robust buckwheat honey, each has its place in our diets as a simple, nutritious spread. or added to dishes to transform them from the mundane into something new and delightful.
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