Preppers often wonder what other kinds of foods they should have on hand besides beans and rice. One of the best foods to have is honey, and there are some good reasons for this. Let’s look a little deeper at this little wonder.
You already know that people have been using honey for centuries. It was so important in the past that it is listed in the Bible many times as a reward. In later years, honey was found to have many beneficial properties besides tasting great. Its long history is just one piece of evidence that we should be looking more closely at this golden substance.
As we all know, honey comes from honey bees. They gather nectar from flowers and store this in their hives. Proteins and enzymes produced by the bee while it carries the nectar is what turns the nectar into honey after it has been placed in the honeycomb. The water evaporates and the substance thickens. Voila, honey.
Honey is packed with nutrition, which is why we are looking at it here. It contains a variety of sugars, including glucose and fructose. It also contains a fair amount of minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and phosphate. More often than not, it also contains some of the B vitamins. The exact chemistry of any honey will depend on the kind of flowers the nectar was taken from. Darker honey is thought to be more packed with nutrition than lighter honey which may be sweeter. Honey can be bought in the stores and this type of honey is normally pasteurized, making it very safe to eat and easy to store. Raw honey has more nutrients but may not store well for long periods of time.
Honey can be used to sweeten things, foods and drinks, but it can do a lot more than that. Good quality honey has some medicinal qualities that the old folks know well. It can be used as an anti-microbial agent to help prevent infections. It can also be used to treat minor burns. Honey is still used in other parts of the world as it was long ago, and it still works. Adding a bit of honey to tea or whiskey is a good way to soothe a sore throat. Many people swear it is good for treating stomach ulcers, and some believe it is effective against respiratory infections. Honey also contains anti-oxidants.
When stored correctly, honey has a very long shelf life. If it happens to crystallize because of cold, just heat it up. If times get really rough, honey will make a fantastic barter item. Don’t forget honey as you are gathering items for your food stockpile.
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