How to Make Honey From Table Sugar

You don't need bees to make honey. With a little effort, you can make your own honey, almost identical in taste to natural honey, with just a few clover and orange blossoms, some ordinary table sugar and 1 tsp. of alum.

Things You'll Need

  • 10 cups of sugar
  • 50 clover blossoms
  • 2 cups of orange blossoms
  • Alum
  • 2 heavy sauce pans
  • Strainer
  • Stove
  • Sterilized canning jars

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Collect at least 50 clover blossoms. If possible, combine white and purple clover blossoms. Collect 2 cups of orange blossoms (or 20 Fireweed blossoms if you live in the northern part of the U.S. or in Canada).

Place clover blossoms and orange blossoms (or Fireweed blossoms) into a large, heavy pot or sauce pan with 2 1/2 cups of water. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove from stove and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

Strain liquid into second large, heavy pot or sauce pan. Squeeze liquid from blossoms and let it strain into pot.

Add 10 cups of granulated white sugar to liquid. Add 1 tsp. of alum. Stir to dissolve. Bring to a boil uncovered. Reduce heat and continue boiling for 10 minutes. Siring constantly.

Ladle the somewhat-thickened mixture into clean jars, and seal. Allow jars to sit overnight. Open the following day and enjoy your homemade honey!

Tips & Warnings

  • Homemade sugar honey will last for at least 4 or 5 years, and possibly longer if left in a sealed container.
  • Store and treat your homemade honey exactly as you would honey purchased from a store.
  • It is important that you collect clover blossoms as well as orange or Fireweed blossoms, and boil them for your honey. If these ingredients are only available for a limited time in your area, make as much honey as you can while they are available.
  • Follow all cooking times exactly.
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