There are so many reasons to want to use honey, but it can be expensive! Learn how to make honey cheap(er), save money on groceries and have a pantry full of honey to sweeten up your cooking.
I really love to use honey when I cook (and eat, in general). I feel like it’s a more natural, less processed alternative to sugar and better for us. But honey can be super expensive!
For the longest time I would just grumble and buy expensive honey anyway, but about a year ago I figured out this little trick to make honey a bit cheaper.
Note: This is not going to work out if you buy raw honey or artisanal honey. But it’s a good tip otherwise!
Compare the Cost of Honey
Now I buy honey in these gigantic 3kg containers at Costco.
This container costs $16.99 where I live. At a local grocery store I priced honey at 1kg for $10.99.
The Costco honey works out to about $5.66/kg, which means that it’s about half price, compared to the smaller bottle of honey I can buy locally.
Do you try to buy local? So do we! Read my thoughts about buying local and still saving money here.
“But wait!!!” you might be thinking. “I’ll never use up that giant container of honey before it turns into a solid mass of honey crystals or goes bad!”
Want to know something interesting about honey?
It’s one of a few foods that has been scientifically proven to last… forever. You can read all about it in this Smithsonian article about honey’s shelf life.
So you can pretty much will any leftover honey to your great-great grandchildren. Now all you have to worry about is how to stop it from crystallizing into an unusable mass.
Here’s what we do:
Fill 4-5 clean, dry mason jars with honey, screw the lids on tightly (clean up any drips really well) and store them in our pantry. (If you’re worried about attracting ants, store the mason jars inside a clean, zip top freezer bag.)
Then, when your honey starts to look like this:
(There is a pile of crystallized honey in the jar that I can’t easily use).
Take the lid off, pop the jar in the microwave for about 30 seconds, and your honey is liquid again.
Now you can head to Costco and buy enough honey to last a lifetime (or two).
You might enjoy these recipes with your new cheap(er) honey: