The Miracle of Honey
Raw honey is truly a miracle of nature. The benefits of eating raw local honey are well documented. Unfortunately, we here in North America have grown accustomed to buying commercially produced honey that is most often pasteurized to prevent it from crystallizing. Crystallization of honey is a natural process, one that all raw honey will eventually do. The time it takes to crystallize is dependent on the floral source, the temperature at which it is stored, and its exposure to the air. Pasteurization also kills many of the beneficial enzymes unique to honey. We at Cats Paw Bees do not pasteurize our honey. Nor do we filter it so hard that all the pollen grains are removed. The pollen grains from local floral sources are what make raw local honey such a wonderful allergy remedy.
Cooking with Honey
COOKING with HONEY – remember this conversion!
1 cup of sugar = ¾ cup honey
Decrease liquid called for in recipe by ¼ cup
For each cup of honey in baked goods, add ½ teaspoon baking soda
Honey contains a natural presence of botulinum endospores, therefore, children under one year old should not be given honey. Before the age of twelve months, a child’s intestinal tract is not mature enough to inhibit the growth of Clostridium botulinum, which is often found in honey.
It’s all about the honey! Our beekeeping techniques focus on honey production. Our hives are placed in rural locations far removed from any agricultural operation that uses pesticides or fungicides in their crop management. Our apiary locations typically house eight to twelve hives so as not to over populate any one foraging area.
How we keep our bees
Our apiaries are located in and around Stanwood in rural areas where the bees can forage on clover, blackberries, dandelions, and thistle. Our apiaries are maintained without the use of pesticides and we take great care to insure our bees are not exposed to agricultural chemicals. Our honey is raw, meaning we do not pasteurize (heat) it.
Cats Paw Bees uses only natural mite contol in our hives. In addition, we are working with other local beekeepers to produce a genetic line of honeybees suitable to the Pacific Northwest. We do not use synthetic miticides.