Substitute Honey For Sugar & Get Perfect Baked Goods [Conversion Chart]

Substitute Honey For Sugar & Get Perfect Baked Goods [Conversion Chart]

Looking at an empty bag of sugar, but eyeing a bottle of honey and wondering, “how can I substitute honey for sugar?”

 

In this article, I’m going to show you how substituting honey for sugar is really easy, and how to make sure the honey to sugar conversion OR the sugar to honey conversion doesn’t effect the quality of your desserts and actually improves them.

 

There’s also a chart below that you can refer to in order to figure out the honey substitute ratio.

 

(Want a really great cookbook that includes 80+ recipes for baking with honey? Check out my favorite book on Amazon here!)

 

Can I substitute honey for sugar? In this article, I show you how to do it, so you end up with great baked goods every time!

 

One of our goals is self-sufficiency, and let’s face it: Not only is processed sugar BAD BAD BAD for you, you can’t make it yourself.

 

Honey, on the other hand, you can make with the help of our friends, the honeybees. Back in the day, our forefathers (and pretty much everyone in Medieval Europe) used honey to sweeten baked goods (they also used something called cider molasses, which you can read about here). So, it’s a time-tested practice we can also use in modern times.

 

Self-sufficiency aside, after about $10,000 spent on dental work this year, I’ve started to substitute honey for sugar in our favorite recipes, and keeping my fingers crossed that’ll keep me from funding my dentist’s next ski vacation (not that I don’t like my dentist, but I imagine he’d love to see less of me and my smelly muck boots too!).

 

Can I substitute honey for sugar? In this article, I show you how to do it, so you end up with great baked goods every time!

 

Especially if you keep bees, or plan to keep bees, you’ll want to learn how to substitute honey for sugar so you can use up your harvest.

 

I’ve created the honey substitute chart at the end of this article to make substitutions easier, so you can still enjoy your favorite meals (and they’ll be healthier!)

 

I’ve also included “best practices,” because although you certainly can substitute honey for sugar, it also means you need to take some extra steps to ensure your recipe turns out well.

 

(Be sure to not miss the recipe at the end of this article for Sugar-Free Matcha Chocolate Popsicles!)

 

The Difference Between Baking With Honey And Sugar

 

Honey is a powerful sweetener, so use less of it

The last thing you want is to bite into the perfect cookie…only to have it be WAY to sweet to enjoy. Honey also has more flavor than sugar, which is great….but it can overwhelm all the other flavors in your baked good. So, you need to use less of it when you substitute honey for sugar.

Use less of other liquids in your recipe

When you substitute honey for sugar, you’re adding more liquid to your recipe, because honey is about 20 percent water. To make up for it, you’ll need to reduce the amount of the OTHER liquids in your recipe.

 

For every 1 cup of sugar you’re substituting, reduce the other liquids by 2 tablespoons. If you’re replacing ½ cup of sugar with honey, then reduce the other liquids by 1 tablespoon. If you’re replacing less than ½ cup of sugar, then you don’t need to reduce the other liquids.

Lower oven temperature by 25 degrees

Because honey has a higher sugar content (see #1), it cooks quicker and can burn easier than sugar. You’ll need to lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees to make up for it. Be sure to check your baked goods often so you don’t accidentally burn them.

 

Add baking soda so you don’t make hockey pucks

Honey is much denser than granulated sugar, so it can easily make your baked goods turn into meaty hockey pucks. Not good.

 

For every cup of honey you use in a recipe, add ¼ teaspoon of baking soda. The baking soda will help your dough rise better. 

 

Honey to sugar conversion chart

To make life easier, print out this article and keep these honey substitute conversions handy.

 

Can I substitute honey for sugar? In this article, I show you how to do it, so you end up with great baked goods every time!

 

Ready to make something sugar-free & ultra yummy with honey?

 

 

My friends, Alix & Hugo at A Hedgehog in the Kitchen created this incredible sugar-free popsicle featuring honey! Perfect for summertime! Click here to get the recipe!

I’d like to hear from you!

Did you ever wonder “Can I substitute honey for sugar?” If you already are a master at this, what are your best tips? Leave a comment below!

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Chicken Emergency Kits: Making Stressful Situations Less Intimidating!

Chicken Emergency Kits: Making Stressful Situations Less Intimidating!

It’s always a very good idea to create your own chicken emergency kit – and in this article, I’m going to give you ideas about what to keep in it.

 

While we all might like to think our chicken-keeping experience will be bucolic and without any trouble, the straight truth is you will likely come up against some sort of trouble at some point.

 

Mites, worms, cuts, or infections tend to rear their ugly head at the most inconvenient times (like when you plan to be out of town for a week – chickens have great timing like that) and having an emergency kit on hand will make a stressful situation easier.

 

The items in this article are just a suggestion – you can add or subtract or include your own items as you find what works for your particular backyard chicken flock.

 

There’s also links where you can buy these items directly from Amazon, so you have them on hand.

What should you add in the chicken emergency kit?

 

The first thing you may want to purchase is a plastic container that also has a cover, like this one. You will want to clearly mark it (write “Chicken Emergency Kit” on it with a marker, for example) so you can easily locate it, and your family doesn’t raid it for supplies for other projects.

Once you have the plastic container ready, you will have to think about the items to include.

Here’s some that are easy to source and can save your butt (and possibly your hen’s life):

 

Nutri drench

Click here to get it on Amazon

This is powdered electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals that you mix with water. You can offer it to your chicken when they’re hurt to keep them hydrated and healthy enough to combat their illness or trauma. If they’re stressed and in pain, they’re less likely to eat and drink. Very important!

 

Saline solution

Click here to get it on Amazon

If your chicken has dust or dirt in her eyes or an open wound, saline solution will help you flush it clean.

 

Triple antibiotic ointment or natural alternative

Click here to get antibiotic ointment on Amazon

Click here to get a natural alternative on Amazon

If your chicken get an open wound, you will need to put something on it after flushing it clean. If you use over-the-counter drugs with your flock then triple antibiotic ointment is great, or a natural alternative if you’re raising them 100% natural.

 

Blu-Kote

Click here to buy it on Amazon

Another topical antiseptic alternative. I don’t personally use it, but a lot of people like Blu-Kote because it’s blue, and deters other chickens from picking at open wounds. (However, if you use an all-natural thick salve, you will have the same effect)

 

Pure organic honey

Click here to buy it on Amazon

(Check the label that there’s ONLY honey in it – no corn syrup or other additives). Honey is great for wounds, especially if the sores are wet and gooey. It can be hard to put salve or ointments on wet wounds, and honey has natural antibacterial qualities and gets into tiny crevices to battle bacteria.

 

Poultry VetRX

Click here to buy it on Amazon

This is based on an all-natural formula that’s been around since the 19th century. It’s particularly great for colds or upper-respiratory infections, and can come in handy for eye worms, scaly legs as well. Ingredients include Canada balsam, camphor, oil origanum, oil rosemary, all blended in a corn oil base.

 

Diatomaceous Earth

Click here to buy it on Amazon

Just keep a small bag around for emergencies. It’s great for scaly leg mites, but be sure to apply it on a windy day or at least in a breezy area so neither you nor your chicken inhale it. Food-grade only!

 

Coconut oil

Click here to buy it on Amazon

If you plant to use essential oils to support a healthy hen, then you can dilute it in the oil. Also great for adding moisture to excessively dry skin.

 

Heat lamp or heating pad

Click here to buy a heat lamp on Amazon

Click here to buy a heating pad on Amazon

Even if your chicken isn’t a chick, when they’re sick, keeping them warm is a good idea, as long as the ambient temperature in the room isn’t too hot. Also be sure to give them an area to get out of the heat, if your chicken wants to.

 

Penicillin or Tylan 50

It’s best to get this through a vet or from your local feed store

If you’re using Western medicine to treat your flock then having injectible antibiotics on hand is a good idea. Check with a poultry vet for the correct dosage.

 

Probiotics

Click here to buy it on Amazon

If you have a sick or injured chicken, giving them probiotics will help ensure their body has good gut health to help them heal (it won’t heal a broken leg, for example, but it WILL ensure your chicken has good gut health to maintain SOME standard of health – a wonky gut will only make healing more difficult).

 

Some standard chicken emergency kit items also include:

 

  • Gauze pads
  • A first aid tape
  • Cotton swabs
  • Wooden popsicle sticks to act as a splint for legs or wings
  • Syringes for dosing or helping a hen stay hydrated – Click here to buy syringes on Amazon

 

I’d like to hear from you!

Do you have a chicken emergency kit created yet? What do you keep in yours? Leave a comment below!

Organic Homemade Coffee Scrub Mask – Only 2 Ingredients!

Organic Homemade Coffee Scrub Mask – Only 2 Ingredients!

When it comes to skincare, I like it to be as simple as possible, and I promise you that you’ll love this Organic Homemade Coffee Scrub Mask recipe.

 

Even though we live on a farm in the country (and especially if we’re out in the sun all day!), taking care of our bodies is still important, which is why I love this homemade coffee scrub.

 

It only requires 2 ingredients (although I have included variations with honey and Myrrh essential oil at the end of this article.)

 

(A lot of you ask where I get the oils I personally use. Here’s everything you need to know!)

 

And I (almost) guarantee you have the ingredients in your cupboard (spoiler alert: it’s just coffee & coconut oil!)

 

Organic Homemade Coffee Scrub Mask Recipe With Just 2 Ingredients!

 

Because coffee beans are usually treated with chemicals, you should go for organically grown beans if possible, like these here.

 

I get great results from this super simple homemade coffee scrub mask, and it’s soothing and nourishing for your skin! I know you’ll love it!

 

(Especially now that I’m hitting middle age and I’m starting to get those lines….this homemade coffee scrub mask helps minimize them!)

So why is coffee so great for skin care in the first place?

 

I’m glad you asked!

 

Coffee is a rich source of antioxidants that protects our skin against free radicals that can possibly damage and age our skin. Caffeine found in coffee beans can stimulate the skin and possibly improve blood flow to the face.

 

Organic Homemade Coffee Scrub Mask Recipe With Just 2 Ingredients!

 

Coffee, when used in a homemade coffee scrub mask like this one, can also increase the production of collagen and elastin while minimizing age lines.

 

According to one study like these here, caffeine also might help reverse any damage ultraviolet rays may have caused as you’ve been out and about in your garden.

 

How to make my favorite Organic Homemade Coffee Scrub Mask recipe:

 

Now that we’ve established why coffee and coconut are so great for your skin, here’s how you actually make this Organic Homemade Coffee Scrub Mask!

 

This recipe makes about 3 ounces of scrub – it lasts me about 4-5 weeks if I use it once a week.

 

It’s also shelf stable, so you can put it in a small cosmetic jar and keep it on a cool shelf out of the sun.

 

Ingredients

 

Instructions

 

In a microwave, melt the coconut oil so it’s soft.

 

In a bowl, combine the coconut oil with the coffee by smashing the ingredients together until thoroughly mixed (it helps to totally melt the coconut oil before combining).

 

Organic Homemade Coffee Scrub Mask Made With Just 2 Ingredients!

 

Store in an airtight container in a cool area until ready to use. You can also store it in the fridge, although you will have to melt it slightly before use.

 

Avoid getting the homemade mask in your eyes, nose and mouth.

Organic Homemade Coffee Mask Recipe With Just 2 Ingredients!

 

To use:

Apply to your skin in a circular motion, making sure to hit any dry areas. Rinse off when done.

 

Variations:

 

** If you like, you can add 2 tablespoons of honey. Honey has excellent antibacterial properties making it ideal for acne-prone skin. In addition, it’s nourishing and can give your skin a healthy glow.

 

** Another option is to add 3-4 drops of Myrrh essential oil. Myrrh essential oils is soothing to the skin, and promotes a smooth, youthful-looking complexion. You can add it to this recipe to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

(Ready to grab some essential oils so you can get bugs out of your life for good? Here’s everything you need to know!)