FAQ | Drizzle Honey
What is so good about local honey?
Drizzle prides our self in providing our customers with honey from our local Alberta farm and by working with Canadian packaging suppliers throughout our business operations. Specifically to honey, purchasing local is important on so many levels for a conscious consumer. This is going to be a long list, as you can look at it from economic, environmental and health perspectives:
- Purchasing local honey keeps our local bee farmers in business. There are current issues with major honey brands purchasing cheap honey, which is often adulterated, from abroad. Our local beekeepers cannot compete with the foreign prices to produce their honey on Canadian fields, and this is leading to an imminent bankruptcy situation. In other words, they have to sell their honey below the cost it takes to produce or are holding onto their honey stock waiting for a reasonable offer to come in – both leading to no income. To make matters worse, some major brands are blending foreign honey with Canadian honey and labeling products as Canada-made honey, so consumers often do not know what exactly they are buying.
- It is better for our planet because it reduces the environmental costs associated with food miles; that is how far your food has to travel from farm to plate and the associated fuel used to do this.
- Sourcing locally also keeps dollars in our locally economy. On the other hand, purchasing from outside sources dilutes these dollars because every stage that links the buyer to the seller (think trucking systems, warehouses, storefronts) takes a cut out of dollars that we could see go directly to our local business owners, producers and beekeepers.
- Local honey may help with allergies (under scientific review). It is believed that repeat exposure to pollens that trigger an immune response will help build up antibodies, resulting in less histamine release and reduced pollen allergy symptoms.
What is so good about raw honey?
Because raw honey hasn’t been heated or micro filtered it still contains healthy enzymes, vitamins and minerals. When honey is heated some enzymatic properties are destroyed and when honey is heavily filtered the pollen and beeswax are removed, and thus many of the vitamins and minerals (pollen is rich in proteins, free amino acids, vitamins and folic acid). This is also the reason why raw honey has more complex flavours and better showcases the terroir of the area it was produced.
What is creamed honey and what if I want more drizzle to my Drizzle?
Our honey is produced in Alberta which by the nature of our flower's nectar, produces honey that crystallizes/goes grainy quickly. To prevent this, we cream our honey to break down the crystal structure and turn the texture more buttery/creamy. If you want runny honey simply set your Drizzle jar in a bowl of warm water or heat lightly your favorite way and it will soften easily. On a warm day in your house it will even soften up; it doesn't take much!
Does honey go bad? How should it be stored?
We put “best before” dates on our Drizzle as a guideline to the retailers that are selling it, to help them track the product, and to keep the honey on the shelves as fresh as possible. However, honey is one of the only foods that doesn’t spoil so feel free to enjoy Drizzle as long as your jar lasts. It is also your preference on whether you store it in the refrigerator or keep it on your pantry shelf.