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homesteader honey

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Donna Farley
Willows, CA

Homesteader Honey or Fireweed Honey Or Clover honey, is not a bee originated honey. It is a homemade honey that is next to impossible to tell the difference. I have substituted it in recipes with no issues. So for the cost of #5 pds of sugar, the time picking some clover blossoms and fireweed blossoms (if you have access) you come out with about 4+ pints of honey.

(1 rating)
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 1 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For homesteader honey

  • 10 c
    sugar (there is 11-1/4 cups in 5 pds) see notes
  • 1 tsp
  • 3 c
    boiling water
  • 1/2 c
    karo syrup * (optional)
  • 50
    red/pink clover blossoms
  • 20
    white clover blossoms
  • 18-25
    fireweed blossoms

How To Make homesteader honey

  • 1
    Use a strainer wash blooms in cold water (gently rinse and remove. Dry with the paper towels. Make sure that you do not have any leaves or green parts on the blossom. This will make the honey come out tasting wild or grassy.
  • 2
    Mix the water, sugar, Karo and alum in a large saucepan or pot, and boil for 10 minutes. Then remove from heat. NOTE: i have seen a recipe for this that just say use a 5 pd bag of sugar.
  • 3
    Add dry ingredients (blossoms) You can let this steep from 10 minutes to 3 hrs. The longer the steep the more flavor, I never went over an hour myself. If you are planning on canning the clover honey, for long term storage, then you should be sterilizing your canning jars during this steeping period.
  • 4
    Strain through cheese cloth. Make sure no plant matter goes into your honey.
  • 5
    Bring back to a boil in a large sauce pan. Pour into hot sterile jars. Waterbath for 10 minutes seal and store.
  • 6
    OPTIONAL: I add the Karo syrup as it helps stop the honey from returning to sugar. OPTIONAL: I would think you could use just clover blossoms if no fireweed is available. Optional you can also add a 1/3 of a cup of black berry's or other berries for a deeper color or flavor per friends who have made this (I have not tried this yet). Make sure you add when steeping.