How to Make Honey From Table Sugar

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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

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.


Step 1

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).

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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


Step 4

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.

Step 5

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


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.