in Marylin's Kitchen

Desserts Dips Canning Jams
Game Fish Fowl Seafood Entrees Homebrews

Homesteader's Fireweed "Honey" Recipe

In the old days, Alaskan homesteaders did not have access to many of the food stuffs found in stores in the more civilized areas. So a great amount of their innovation was derived from using existing resources in creative ways. Honey was one of those condiments that was always in short supply in the early days of Alaska history. But here is a way to make a substitute "honey" for mere pennies.

I have always made this especially when the kids were younger and they loved honey but the real thing was very expensive. People are always amazed that it tastes like the real thing! And I've often substituted it in my "honey bears" without anyone knowing the difference. ;-)

  • Wash blooms in cold water (gently rinse) to remove little critters.
  • Put all ingredients except water in pan, then pour boiling water on.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Bring to boil and boil for 10 minutes.
  • Strain through cheesecloth.
  • Put in canning jars and water bath process for 10 min. before sealing lids.

Good Cookin',

Desserts-Snacks | Appetizers-Dips | Canning-Preserving | Jams-Jellies
Game | Fish | Fowl | Seafood | Entrees-Soups | Homebrews

Home Icon All Content Copyright 1996-2008
Visual Media Design & Alaska Outdoor Journal
All Rights Reserved
Keyword Phrases: Fireweed honey is a favorite among many honey users. And with the availability of fireweed flowers in much of the northern states, Canada, and Alaska, this homesteader honey recipe makes it easy to cook up all you will ever need...and you won't be able to tell the difference from real honey.