Honey Technical Information  Category

What is the best way to store honey? Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

 

Honey’s moisture content (about 17%), low pH and antibacterial properties make it one of the only ingredients in a bakery that will most likely not spoil.

Regardless, it is still very important to store honey properly to maintain its integrity.

  • Best stored in a sealed container at room temperature, between 64 to 75°F (18 to 24°C)
  • Cooler temperatures, between 35 to 60°F, hasten honey’s natural crystallization process
  • Honey stored at temperatures above 85˚F for extended periods of time will darken in color and be subject to subtle flavor changes
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Meat and fish traditionally carry the all-important strengthening agent known as protein.

However, what if you don’t eat meat or need a less costly approach? Consumers not only see the value of protein, but they also are actively looking for other ways to incorporate protein into their diets.

According to the NPD Group’s Protein Perceptions and Needs report, 78% of Americans say that protein contributes to a healthy diet. More than half are seeking ways to get more of the powerful element. NPD’s research also found that almost half of the grocery shoppers surveyed have purchased protein-enriched foods. In fact, Nielsen states that consumption of protein-rich foods has increased 7% over the past four years.

The increase in protein-rich foods complements the increase in honey usage, as food and beverage processors seek to create protein-rich foods that maintain exceptional taste. Baked goods, snacking items and dairy products have seen huge benefits of the honey and protein boom.

Kay’s Naturals cereal with honey has so much protein in it that it’s officially called Kay’s Naturals Protein Cereal Honey Almond. Made with honey, corn, rice flour and almond meal, this cereal provides a whopping 12 grams of protein per serving.

Starbucks’ Blueberry Yogurt Muffins are sweetened with honey and contain six grams of protein. For consumers looking for more nutrition, they can get 4%, 8% and 2% of their daily calcium, iron and Vitamin A intake, respectively, by eating this muffin.

Perhaps the container of the largest gram amount on the market, Nancy’s Honey Yogurt offers up 20 grams of protein per serving. The Kosher and gluten-free product is available in a 24-oz. size.

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What is honey’s composition? Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

 

Honey is comprised primarily of fructose (38.2%), glucose (31%)
and water (17.1%).

The remaining 13.7% of honey provides food and beverage manufacturers with some remarkable benefits. Among those components are a variety of other sugars, enzymes, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is this unique blend that gives honey its functional advantages.  Honey, on average, has a pH of 3.9. This acidity can work to enhance flavors, inhibit mold and bacteria growth and extend the shelf-life of a variety of products.

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