Bee Hive Blog

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Grilling with Honey Recipes



Winter is gone. Spring is here. It’s time to bust out the grills and barbecues and enjoy some delicious meals made in the great outdoors! Honey can be used in a number of different ways when it comes to grilling, such as a glaze, marinade, sweetener, adding a delicious flavor. If you’re looking for some fire-grilled inspiration for your next cookout or this weekend’s dinner, give these honey grilling recipes a shot:
·       1 cup butter, divided
·       2 tablespoons garlic salt, divided
·       2 tablespoons paprika, divided
·       salt and pepper to taste
·       1 12-ounce can of beer (cola may be substituted)
·       1 4-pound whole chicken
1. Preheat outdoor grill for low heat. Melt 1/2 cup butter in small skillet. Mix in 1 tablespoon garlic salt, 1 tablespoon paprika, salt and pepper. Discard half the beer, leaving remainder in can. Add to can the remaining butter, garlic salt, salt and pepper. Place can on disposable baking sheet and set chicken on can, inserting can into cavity of chicken. Baste chicken with melted seasoned butter. Place baking sheet with can and chicken on prepared grill and cook over low heat for about 3 hours, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 180 F.
Sue Bee Honey Glaze
·       3/4 cup Sue Bee Honey
·       1/2 cup prepared brown spicy mustard
·       2 tablespoons soy sauce
·       1 tablespoon cider vinegar
·       2 tablespoons cornstarch
1. Heat Sue Bee Honey, mustard, soy sauce and vinegar to a boil in 2-quart saucepan. Blend cornstarch with 1/4 cup water until smooth, then gradually add to honey mixture. Boil for 1 minute, until slightly thickened, then brush glaze on chicken during last 20 minutes of cooking.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Planting a Bee-friendly Garden



It’s officially spring and if there’s one thing everyone can agree on it’s that warmer temperatures and outdoor activities are a welcome sight after months of limited daylight and being stuck indoors. One outdoor activity you can do yourself not only will add some color and beauty to your home or yard but also will benefit a species near and dear to our heart … honeybees!

As temperatures warm, honeybees leave their winter cluster and get back to work buzzing around and making honey. By planting and growing flowers that produce nectar and pollen, your garden will help attract these wonderful creatures. That, in turn, will have an immediate impact on the environment as honeybees help pollinate tons of plants that we use every day.

So which flowers are the best to plant? It’s important to avoid flowers that may prove to have obstacles for the honeybees in accessing the nectar and pollen, such as those with large petals. Honeybees are attracted to flowers that are colorful and have a distinct scent, which is welcome news to gardeners! Flowers that are wild and native are typically the best because of their year-round foilage and blossoms, but that doesn’t mean you need to turn your garden into a wild meadow. Here are some of our favorite plants and flowers that our busy little friends love too:








Bee Balm





Butterfly Bush






Tulip Tree