Monday, June 16, 2008

Sad, sad days here in our home...

It's no secret that I love a good cup of tea. My favorite way to take my tea is with a drizzle of sage honey and a splash of milk. Mmmmm. And this is all fine and dandy.


I always buy my honey from the co-op that I order my wheat from. When I placed my order last week, I was informed that there is NO SAGE HONEY!!!! Apparently there were some brush fires that ruined the sage bushes and the sage honey supply is low and this means no sage honey for me!!!

(a sage plant)

So, I am trying to find a decent alternative to sage honey until the supply is built back up (probably not available until September! OH NO!!!). Stevia is bitter. Clover honey is too strong. Sugar is just not right. I am not a happy camper, folks. Sigh.

My tea won't be the same until my wonderful sage honey is back in our home. There are sad, sad days ahead for me and my tea cup.


Anonymous said...

I've never had sage honey before. I hope you get some sooner rather than later, I bet you stock up when it does become available ;)

That Mom Kelly said...

Have you tried Agave syrup? I have been using that in my tea for months.

Mrs. U said...

Agave syrup? Ooh!! No, I haven't tried that, Busy Mommy!! Thank you for the suggestion!! Is it expensive?

Mrs. U

Heather Anne said...

A touch of real maple syrup is lovely in a cup of hot or iced tea - have you tried it? Sage honey is unique and special, but I'm sure your taste buds will adjust to other flavors! In time!


Mrs. U said...

Hi Heather!!!
I have never thought of using real maple syrup!! Yum!!!

Mrs. U

Tori Leslie said...

Oh, I'm so sorry for you, I think!
I love sage, I have some growing in the yard right now. In Croatia they use fresh sage for tea, hmm, that's an idea.
Hope you can find some more soon!

Mrs. U said...

Oh yum, Tori!! How exactly do they make the sage tea? Do they steep a few leaves? A lot of leaves? How do they serve it? Plain? With sugar? Milk?

I'll bet it tastes wonderful!

Mrs. U

Anonymous said...

i've tried agave. i love it, especially on toast - but i prefer honey in my tea. my favorite is gallberry honey. i like stevia but it has to be the right brand. stevita brand is not bitter at all.


Cyndi Lewis said...

Mrs. U,

Make your own. Put a small handful of fresh sage in a sauce pan, bruise it with a wooden spoon, add eight ounces of honey and heat until melted but not boiling. Leave to infuse for one hour, strain out herbs, store in a jar with an airtight lid. Best wishes.

Julieann said...

I have never heard of Sage Honey--is it something maybe you could make?


Vanessa Cole said...

Where a door shuts, a window opens. Good luck finding a replacement.

After a bit of a break, I'm back, posting and visiting! :-)


That Mom Kelly said...

Agave is not exspensive at all. Cheaper then honey near me. I also use it on the kids waffles like syrup. :)

Tammy said...

I've never had sage honey, but it sounds good! :-) You've gotten a lot of good ideas so far! I drink my tea with Stevia. I know you said it is bitter, but that is probably because you're putting too much in! A little bit goes a l-o-n-g way! :-)

CheleLew said...

Hi -- just read your post about the Sage Honey from Bread Beckers. How about what use to be Savannah Gold with Honey or Succant. I use the Savannah Gold w/Honey in my coffee every morning. I've also been able to replace all my white/brown sugar for the Gold w/Honey or the Molasses. When using these sweeteners in baking, I grind them in a coffee grinder so they are in powder form. Here's a copy/paste from the website.

42 - Molasses Granules 5 lb. Pail - $9.00
442 - Molasses Granules 50 lb. Bag - $64.75
342 - Honey Granules 5 lb. Pail - $12.00
242 - Honey Granules 50 lb. Bag - $75.00

Heather Anne said...

I actually made sage honey and it is so yummy! You can make it too! I bought local honey #2 and used the sprigs of sage from my garden - 16 sprigs total. I warmed the honey - 4 cups total - and placed the bruised sage in hot sterilized jars. I poured over the hot honey and sealed the jars. I left it for two days and strained out the sage! I put it back in hot sterile jars. Very nice!


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