First, let me say that crystallized honey is DELICIOUS. It’s easier to measure than liquid honey and if you want liquid, it is easy to turn it back to its liquid state. You just set the jar into a pan of hot water. When it warms up, the crystals disappear. If you want to know more about why honey crystallizes, here is a link to a great blog post about the where-what-and-why.
I have about 3/4 of a quart of honey that has crystallized on the top. (Sometimes it crystallizes on the bottom, and sometimes on the top.) I’d forgotten just how convenient that is to have until I decided to make homemade sloppy joes today. Of course, I use honey to sweeten the sauce, so I grabbed that crystallized quart and then I decided to take pictures and share a blog post all about it.
Here’s what crystallized honey looks like:
I had every intention of taking a nice, staged photo of a bun dripping with sloppy joe, but we were so hungry for lunch that we ate our sandwiches before I could think to take a picture. This recipe makes enough for a crowd, about 2 1/2 quarts, so feed that crowd or freeze the leftovers. OR share some with your friends and neighbors. Here’s my favorite recipe for sloppy joes:
Honey Sweetened Sloppy Joes
1 tablespoon canola oil
3 lbs. lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Brown the beef in the oil, then add the vegetables and sauté the mixture till the veggies start to soften.
In a 4 cup measure or bowl, combine the following:
2 (15 oz.) cans of tomato sauce, or 4 (8 oz.) cans
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsps. tabasco
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
3 heaping tablespoons of Fox Trot Farm crystallized honey (or 4 tablespoons of Fox Trot Farm liquid honey)
Stir tomato sauce mixture into the beef and vegetable mixture. Thin with enough water so it will come to a simmer without burning. Simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, until the beef and vegetables are tender. This should take about 30 minutes. Add water as you go if you need to, but it should be nice and thick when you’re ready to eat it. Taste it and add salt and pepper as you like. Serve on toasted buns, roasted potatoes, hot dogs, etc.
We haven’t harvested our honey yet. I know, we’re late doing it this summer, but we seem to be behind on so many things. I guess it’s just been a very busy year so far. We’ll be opening back up for our regular farm market business on Sunday, August 5th, and will be back at the Waxhaw Farmer’s Market in October with our lamb. In the meantime, you can always come by to pick up eggs. (Please call first, 803-804-3541.) Let me know how you like the recipe for Sloppy Joes. 🙂