We've been drinking gallons of lemon-ginger-honey tea
to ward off winter colds, and so we can sympathize with reader Hildy, who is looking for a better honey dispenser.
Do you have any good ideas about how to store and dispense honey? The honey bear squeeze bottles make it easy to squeeze out a bit for tea, but I often buy honey in different or larger jars, and it's not easy to dispense into those tiny plastic bear jars. Is there a good squeeze bottle that you can recommend? Or what about honey pots? Do they work?Hildy, we would love some good ideas for this as well. Honey is one thing we don't often buy in bulk because of this very issue: transfer and cleanup are so sticky.
Honey can, however, be warmed until it is much more liquid and runny. We suggest warming honey in the microwave on low power, or by submerging the jar in a pan of gently simmering water. When it is very liquid, use a funnel to pour the honey from jar to jar, or into a more convenient dispenser.
We don't have a perfect dispenser either, but here are a few that look intriguing.
• Honey & Syrup Dispenser (pictured above). $15.95 at Chef's Catalog. This dispenser looks intriguing because it comes with a little dish to catch any leftover drips. We like how the honey pours out from the bottom instead of the top, too. Plus it's rather cute.
• Honey Jar
, $38 at Barbara Dunshee's Etsy shop. This handmade pot is pretty and could be used with a honey wand. Frankly, we find these setups a little more sticky, but more charming than a squeeze bottle.
• Satin Steel and Glass Syrup/Honey Dispenser, $35 at Amazon. This is a very practical dispenser that gets good reviews at Amazon for being dripless and easy to clean up.
Any more honey storage and dispensing ideas for Hildy?
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(Images: Chef's Catalog and Honeybee Harvest)