I went to get something from my storecupboard this morning and found a whole shelf was covered in sticky stuff. At first I thought I'd knocked over an opened jar of honey and it had leaked. But I quickly discovered that it was my unopened jars leaking. I wondered if the recent high temperatures had made the honey expand in some way but a quick google revealed that my honey had started to ferment!!😲
I had to search a few beekeeping sites for information. I knew the beekeeper that produced the honey was a very experienced guy so the processing wasn't an issue. Was it the prolonged hot spell?? A quick taste showed it hadn't fermented too much so I decided to use it up by making some elderberry syrup. I'd been planning to do it soon any way. Recipe HERE
And I started a batch of Fire Cider too. Instructions HERE from an old forum friend. I was really pleased to be able to use my own home grown garlic, rosemary and thyme 😊
From past experience I know the syrup helps soothe my throat in Winter (occupational hazard when you talk all day for a living!) and the Fire Cider helps fight off the nasty cold bugs. When we returned to school last year, a yucky cold bug swept the school as everyone's immune system was weak.
I'm just trying to plan ahead!!