Yesterday, I shared a canning recipe for Praline Syrup and suggested packaging it alongside pancake mix for a special, homemade Christmas gift. Today I wanted to share an idea on a similar vein: canned spiced honey with scone mix! This is another relatively easy, inexpensive gift idea that presents really beautifully.
And here’s a tip for saving on the honey: buy it in bulk! Some stores, such as WinCo Foods, carry it in bulk!
As of 12-2-12, I’ve noted the price per pound to be $3.66 for the clover honey at WinCo. Of course, you could buy the honey wherever and however you prefer, too.
Like the Praline Syrup recipe from yesterday, this Spiced Honey recipe also comes from the Ball Book of Canning (Amazon link). As always, it’s super important to remember that unlike other recipes you might experiment with, a canning recipe needs to be followed to the “t” and come from a trusted source. Personally, that’s why I adore the Ball Canning books – you know that the recipes are tested and safe when followed. Your canned items can be safely stored for up to 1 year. That being said, you needn’t be scared of canning (and if you are, please go back and read my post on canning misconceptions for a little encouragement!).
Here’s what you’ll need to assemble for this recipe:
- 1 lemon
- 12 whole cloves
- 3 sticks cinnamon
- 2 2/3 cup honey
To save on costs, you can also buy your whole cloves and cinnamon sticks in bulk! Make sure to wash your canning jars and lids in hot, soapy water and then keep hot until ready for processing in your boiling-water canner.
First, cut your lemon into 6 thin slices.
Next, stud each slice with two whole cloves. Then, you’re going to put the lemon slices, honey, and cinnamon sticks in a saucepan.
You’re going to bring the honey mixture to a boil. Now, my recipe book does not give any indication how long you should let it boil, it simply states “bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.” So I interpreted that to mean that once you’ve hit a boil, the honey mixture is done.
Ladle the honey into your hot half-pint jars, making sure to transfer two lemon slices and 1 cinnamon stick into each one. Leave 1/4″ headspace.
Add your hot lids, tighten on the bands, and process in a boiling-water canner for 10 minutes. Turn off heat, and remove lid. Let sit for another 5 minutes before removing your hot jars with tongs.
That’s it! A pretty quick ‘n easy canning recipe if you ask me!
For the “gift” element of this recipe, I used a quilted style jelly canning jar (currently $9.24 on Amazon 12/6), added a cute label and ribbon. Next, I attached a honey dipper (kind of like this one on Amazon) and a bag of scone mix I picked up on a BOGO sale at World Market recently. Alternately, you could make your own mix or, if you plan on giving this gift right away, make a batch of cinnamon scones or blueberry scones to go with it! If the recipient is into tea, you could include some loose-leaf or bagged tea as well (maybe that you’ve snagged with coupons….hint, hint).
I personally adore the idea of putting a homemade gift in a tin, canister, box, basket, or some other useful container that can be reused. I found the above tin bucket at Joann’s for about $2-3 and added some raffia to give it a little volume. I imagine the Dollar Store would also carry something suitable. Perhaps you even have a container or basket laying around your house that would serve this purpose?
So there you have it! A beautiful homemade gift that won’t put you out a whole lot of money, time, or effort – but that is beautiful and delicious!
Join me tomorrow for the next post in this series – and if you missed the others – head to my Homemade Christmas page.