Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Honey…Sweet!

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Turns out, Pooh bear was smart after all.  Honey has a lot of benefits!

Soothing a sore throat is one of them.  Mix honey with lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and warm water.  Gargle or sip, and it will help reduce inflammation and can also kill some types of bacteria.  I have used a teaspoon or two of honey mixed with a little lemon juice as a substitute for cough syrup.

Did you know that honey is a good first aid treatment?  Since it contains antibacterial properties, cuts and burns can benefit from it as it helps keep wounds free of infection and clean.  It also reduces swelling and scarring.

honey1Lastly, honey makes a good sugar substitute.  Although it has more calories than sugar, since it is sweeter, it requires less and has the added benefit of reducing cholesterol. 

So now that we all have a good excuse to indulge a little, here is an easy recipe (not that this will do anything towards reducing cholesterol!  Winking smile).

Honey BBQ Pulled Pork

1 Boston Butt Pork Roast
1 large bottle of prepared BBQ Sauce
(My favorites are Bull’s Eye and KC Masterpiece)

1 cup honey

1. Rinse roast.  Place in slow-cooker and cook LOW for 8-10 hours, or until roast is fork tender.

2. While still hot, shred roast with a fork, removing fat and discarding juices.  Place shredded pork in large baking dish.

3. Mix BBQ sauce and honey.  Spread over pork.  Bake 350 degrees, uncovered, until hot and bubbly. 

(Preparing steps 1 and 2 the day ahead works well.  I usually divide the shredded pork and freeze half of it for barbequing at a later date.)

Thanks you for popping in!  I hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

4 comments:

Musings by Robert said...

Thank you for reminding me of the benefits of honey. A doctor told my father-in-law that a Tablespoon of honey taken every night will help your heart. Mixing it with lemon would be good too, and make a hot drink!

Jessica said...

I enjoyed reading this. I have recently been reading about the world of natural sweeteners and honey seems to be the cheapest and healthiest option. Thanks for sharing!

Tracy said...

Hi Mrs Smith - God certainly knew what He was doing when He created honey. Great post and great recipe. Hope you have a great valentine's day too. Thanks too for linking up on Winsome Wednesday. Look forward to seeing you there again next week :)
God bless
Tracy

Jacqueline said...

Oh, we love our raw honey, and you are right, it is a great blessing for those who cannot use antibiotics due to allergies. Honey heals a wound in a hurry and leaves less scarring, too. the roast recipe sounds scrumptious! TY so much!

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