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  • Writer's pictureJere Folgert

Garlic Honey

Updated: Jan 16


Imagine a world where honey, that sticky sunshine in a jar, throws off its sweet coat and becomes a tangy, fiery rebel. No, it's not a case of mistaken identity, it's the electrifying world of fermented garlic honey! Picture this: plump cloves of garlic, bursting with pungent potential, cozy up in a jar with honey, that golden nectar usually content to be drizzled on toast. But not today! In the cool darkness of the pantry, something magical happens.

For weeks, they rumble and grumble, like tiny thunder gods brewing a storm in a mason jar. Bacteria, nature's microscopic chefs, get to work, breaking down the garlic's defenses and coaxing out its hidden sweetness. Meanwhile, the honey, usually the picture of sleepy serenity, gets a jolt of tangy energy. It bubbles and ferments, transforming from a simple syrup to a complex elixir, its floral sweetness laced with a whisper of spice.

When the dust settles (or rather, the bubbles subside), you're left with a flavor explosion that'll dance on your tongue like a tango between fire and sunshine. Drizzle it on avocado toast and watch your taste buds do a jig. Swirl it into marinades and unleash a secret weapon on your next barbecue. Heck, take a spoonful straight (if you're brave!) and experience a flavor earthquake in your mouth. But be warned, this stuff is addictive. Your boring old meals will be screaming, "Garlic honey, where have you been all my life?!"

So ditch the ketchup and embrace the fermented funk. Garlic honey is proof that a little bit of chaos can create something truly delicious, a reminder that sometimes, the best things in life come from letting things get a little bit... bubbly. And hey, beyond the tastebud thrill ride, there's a bonus: fermented garlic honey is packed with gut-friendly probiotics and immune-boosting garlic goodness. Talk about a win-win!

So, the next time you're looking for a culinary adventure, skip the aisles of boring condiments and head straight for the pantry. Grab a jar of fermented garlic honey, crack it open, and unleash the flavor revolution in your kitchen! Just remember, with great power comes great responsibility (and maybe a breath mint or two).  garlic honey
Bear in Montana Kitchen Making Garlic Honey

What is honey garlic?

Honey garlic is a mixture of honey and garlic that has been cooked or fermented together. The cooking process caramelizes the honey and mellows out the garlic, resulting in a sweet and savory sauce with a slightly pungent kick. Fermented honey garlic, on the other hand, is made by combining honey and garlic in a jar and allowing it to ferment for several weeks. This process mellows out the garlic even further and gives it a slightly probiotic boost.

Conquering the Coughs and Cooking with Garlic Honey: A Sweet & Spicy Adventure. Move over, ordinary honey, there's a new kid on the block (or rather, in the jar) and it's got an edge – a garlicky, slightly fermented edge, to be precise. We're talking about garlic honey, a magical concoction that's equal parts potent medicine and culinary game-changer.

Crafting Cough Conqueror:

Making garlic honey is easier than dodging a dragon's sneeze (and probably more effective too). Grab some raw, unfiltered honey – the kind with all the good-for-you pollen and probiotics – and peel a generous head of garlic. Cloves don't need chopping, just toss them whole into a sterilized jar like tiny, flavor-packed submarines. Then, pour that glorious honey over them, ensuring everyone gets a good soak. Seal the jar tight, place it in a cool, dark corner, and watch the magic happen.

Fermentation Frenzy:

Over the next few weeks, the honey and garlic will engage in a funky fermented tango. Bubbles might appear, the honey might get cloudy – don't be alarmed, it's just nature brewing its potent potion. After a month or so, strain out the garlic cloves if you like, or leave them in for a more intense experience. Voila! Your garlic honey is ready to conquer coughs, colds, and culinary boredom.

Taming the Fiery Nectar:

Now, let's talk about using this spicy-sweet elixir. For the health-conscious warriors, a spoonful a day keeps the doctor away (or at least keeps your immune system in top shape). Feeling under the weather? Garlic honey adds a delicious kick to herbal teas, soothing sore throats and warming your soul.

But this potent potion isn't just for medicinal missions. Its complex flavor elevates everyday dishes to new heights. Drizzle it on roasted veggies for a touch of caramelized garlic magic. Stir it into marinades for meats that sing with savory depth. Add a dollop to salad dressings for a surprising garlicky zing. Remember, a little goes a long way, so start with a drizzle and adjust to your taste buds' fiery desires.

Bonus Round: Fire-Roasted Garlic Honey:

For the heat-seekers, there's a bonus level. Roast your garlic cloves in olive oil before submerging them in honey. This adds a smoky, roasted dimension that'll have your taste buds doing the flamenco. Warning: this potent potion is not for the faint of heart (or tongue).

So, ditch the boring cough drops and bland honey, it's time to embrace the bold, the beautiful, the garlic honey. It's a delicious weapon against winter woes, a culinary chameleon that elevates everything it touches, and a surefire way to impress your friends with your fermented-food finesse. Just remember, with great power comes great responsibility (and possibly a lingering garlic breath, but hey, that's the price of deliciousness!).

Now go forth, brave adventurers, and conquer the world of garlic honey! Your taste buds (and immune system) will thank you.
Making Garlic Honey Using Garlic from GROeat Farm

Honey Garlic: A Sweet, Spicy, and Slimy Sensation

Honey garlic is a delicious and versatile condiment that can be used on a variety of foods, from chicken and fish to vegetables and stir-fries. It's also incredibly easy to make at home, and only requires a few simple ingredients.

How to make honey garlic

There are two main ways to make honey garlic: cooking and fermenting.

Cooking honey garlic:

To make cooked honey garlic, simply combine honey and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the garlic is tender and the honey has thickened slightly. Once the sauce is cooked, remove it from the heat and let it cool completely.

Fermenting honey garlic:

To make fermented honey garlic, combine honey and garlic in a clean jar. The jar should be large enough to hold all of the ingredients, but small enough that the garlic is completely submerged in the honey. Seal the jar tightly and place it in a cool, dark place. Allow the garlic to ferment for at least 2 weeks, or up to several months. The longer you ferment the garlic, the more mellow it will become.

How to use honey garlic

Honey garlic can be used in a variety of ways. It can be drizzled on chicken, fish, vegetables, or stir-fries. It can also be used as a marinade or dipping sauce. Here are a few specific ideas:

  • Honey garlic chicken: Drizzle honey garlic sauce over chicken thighs and bake until cooked through.

  • Honey garlic shrimp: Stir-fry shrimp with vegetables and honey garlic sauce for a quick and easy meal.

  • Honey garlic roasted vegetables: Roast broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or sweet potatoes with honey garlic sauce for a delicious and healthy side dish.

  • Honey garlic dipping sauce: Serve honey garlic sauce as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, dumplings, or chicken nuggets.

The funny side of honey garlic

Honey garlic is a delicious and versatile condiment, but it can also be a bit messy. The sticky honey and slimy garlic can make it difficult to handle, and it can easily drip and splatter when you're cooking. But don't let that stop you from enjoying this delicious treat!

Here are a few tips for dealing with the messy side of honey garlic:

  • Use a spoon or spatula to drizzle honey garlic sauce over food, rather than pouring it directly from the jar. This will help to prevent the sauce from dripping and spattering.

  • If you're using honey garlic as a dipping sauce, serve it in a small bowl or ramekin. This will help to prevent the sauce from getting all over your hands and clothes.

  • Be careful when cleaning up after using honey garlic. The sticky honey can be difficult to remove from surfaces and utensils.

Groeat farm hardneck garlic
Grizzly Bear in GroEat Farm Kitchen Making Honey Garlic

Educational benefits of honey garlic

Honey garlic is not only delicious, but it also has some potential health benefits. Garlic is a good source of antioxidants and has been shown to boost the immune system and lower blood pressure. Honey is also a good source of antioxidants and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. When you combine honey and garlic, you get a condiment that is packed with nutrients and potential health benefits. Enjoy honey garlic in moderation as part of a healthy diet to reap the rewards.


Honey garlic is a delicious, versatile, and healthy condiment that is easy to make at home. It can be used on a variety of foods, from chicken and fish to vegetables and stir-fries. So next time you're looking for a way to add a little flavor to your meal, reach for the honey garlic! Botulism is a rare but serious illness caused by a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The chances of botulism when making garlic honey are very low. This bacterium can thrive in low-acid, low-oxygen environments, such as garlic honey. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of botulism when making garlic honey:

Use raw, unfiltered honey. This type of honey contains naturally occurring enzymes that can help to inhibit the growth of bacteria. Make sure to rinse the peeled garlic cloves. Soaking them in a mixture of one-part hydrogen peroxide and one-part water for 30 seconds is an option.

The best way to sterilize glass mason storage jars is to use a boiling water canner. This method is recommended by the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP) as the most effective way to kill harmful bacteria, including Clostridium botulinum, which can cause botulism. If you do not have a boiling water canner, you can sterilize jars in the oven. However, this method is not as effective as using a boiling water canner.

Make sure that the garlic is completely covered in honey. This will help to create an oxygen-free environment, which will make it more difficult for bacteria to grow.

Store the garlic honey in a cool, dark place. This will help to further inhibit the growth of bacteria.

If you notice any changes in the appearance, smell, or taste of the garlic honey, discard it immediately.

Do not feed garlic honey to infants under 12 months of age. Their digestive systems are not yet fully developed and are more susceptible to botulism. If you are concerned about the risk of botulism, you can refrigerate your garlic honey. This will further reduce the risk of bacterial growth. However, it is important to note that refrigeration is not a guarantee of safety. It is still important to follow the tips above to minimize the risk of botulism.
Fermented Garlic Honey Groeat Farm


GroEat Farm, LLC is a small, sustainable family farm located in Bozeman, Montana.  We’re located in the beautiful Hyalite foothills, below the Gallatin Mountain Range.  The hardneck varieties that grow at our farm (Ophioscorodon) flourish here, due to the combination of the cold winters, temperate summers, moist spring, and the dynamic alluvial soils, washed down from the Gallatin Range (comprised of Archean metamorphics, Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rocks, and Eocene volcanics).  Not only are the GroEat Hardneck garlic healthy and beautiful, the flavor’s are robust and delicate.

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