How To Make Homemade Honey

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  • 10 cups cane sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups white clover blossoms
  • 2 cups fireweed blossoms (Chamaenerion angustifolium)
  • 1 cup red clover blossoms
  • 1 teaspoon alum


  1. Once you have gathered the ingredients, add the water, white sugar and alum to a large stainless steel pan.
  2. Bring this mixture to a boil and keep the mixture boiling for ten minutes.
  3. While the mixture is boiling, remove the blossoms from the stems making sure not to leave any green parts on the flowers. The green stems and leaves will impart a grassy flavor to the honey.
  4. Once the blossoms are removed, rinse them under cold running water.
  5. Shake the excess water off the blossoms.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat, and add the flower blossoms.
  7. Stir well, cover and steep for three hours.
  8. Once the mixture is finished steeping, strain it through cheesecloth so all the plant material is removed.
  9. Reheat the liquid honey until it begins to boil, pour into sterilized canning jars and seal.
  10. The jars can be sealed by processing them in a cold water bath for fifteen minutes.
  11. Be sure to check the seals once the jars have cooled.
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