What to Do with the Last Spoonfuls in Your Honey Jar

February  1, 2016

For a while, you put honey in everything. You made honey cake and baklava, sweetened whole batches of granola, made honey buns just for the honey's sake. And all there's left is a slim layer of honey crystallizing in the bottom of the jar. Now what?

Here's what to make if you've only got a few tablespoons:

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  • Use it to sweeten a vinaigrette! Whisk or shake it up with a bit of vinegar or lemon juice, olive oil, and mustard.
  • Make a compound butter for your biscuits or toast. Mash whatever leftover honey you have into a few tablespoons of butter until completely (or mostly) combined.
  • Dollop it out onto a cheese plate next to something salty or strong-flavored.
  • Coat roasted nuts in a thin layer of honey for a salty-sweet snack.
  • Or make a glaze for chicken wings, a whole roast chicken, or a ham.
  • Make—and fry!—balls of goat cheese sweetened with a bit of honey.
  • Use it to add floral depth to a buttercream frosting.
  • Spread a thin layer onto a grilled cheese (pre-grilling).
  • Or add it to a batch of homemade nut milk.
  • Toss a bit of honey and butter or oil with roasted vegetables.
  • Mix it with fresh or powdered turmeric and ginger for a tea concentrate: Just add a spoonful of the mixture to a mug and top with hot water.
  • Simply drizzle it over toast or biscuits—or, when no one's watching, lick it off the spoon.

How do you use up your honey dregs? Tell us in the comments.

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Heather |. February 2, 2016
Mix it with a bit of lemon juice and top with hot water for a super easy honey lemon tea!
Marit G. February 1, 2016
If I have left over meat from dinner I slice it thin. Then make a dip of 50% honey and soy sauce, mix in chilli flakes! Lovely to dip any cold meat in!
sarah February 1, 2016
I love to drizzle honey into some plain greek yogurt and use that on top of some cinnamon and sugar sautéed honey crisp apples. Add a spoonful of your favorite granola for crunch and you have a wonderful dessert or snack!
dymnyno February 1, 2016
I love to drizzle a teeny bit on my avocado toast and just a sprinkle of sea salt for breakfast or a snack.
Coco E. February 1, 2016
Have it with avocado - be it an avocado shake or drizzled on avo slices piled on a slab of toast that's been smeared with almond butter, both with a sprinkle of salt. Or, use it to sweeten your whipped cream (with a pinch of salt too)!