How to Make Fermented Honey Garlic: Uses & Benefits

Last Updated on September 12, 2023 by Gabby Hatten

As we approach cold and flu season, holistic remedies are all the buzz! While many of us have preferred herbal remedies for awhile, there is a really large demographic of people who are just starting to research it now. Fermented honey garlic, with its immune-boosting properties, is a very beginner friendly natural remedy and is perfect for those pesky sore throats.

The Importance of Unpasteurized Honey

If you are able to source raw local honey, that is the absolute best choice! Regardless, the honey you choose must be pure raw honey, unpasteurized and unfiltered. A lot of commercial honey is stripped of its benefits during the pasteurizing process, and also filled with additives like corn syrup, sugar, and other flavorings. Understanding the honey labels at the grocery store can be overwhelming, so if you did a quick read on what’s what, I highly recommend this article. The type of honey you use not only matters because of the benefits (or lack thereof) but also to ensure a proper fermentation process. 

Benefits of Raw Honey

I am not a medical professional, all information sourced is from the Mayo Clinic.

  • comprised of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, and zinc
  • antioxidant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antibacterial properties 
  • antiviral properties
  • reduced risk of heart disease
  • cough suppressant 
  • may relieve gastrointestinal tract conditions associated with gastroenteritis
  • may offer antidepressant and anti-anxiety benefits.
  • prevent memory disorders
  • wound healing, particularly burns
  • natural sweetener

The Health Benefits of Garlic

It’s no secret garlic is great for your health. But why? What does it contain that makes it so great? For starters, it contains allicin, which may help prevent certain cancers and may help lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure. It may help your muscles recover after a workout and protect against infections’. Other medicinal properties of garlic:

  • fiber
  • manganese
  • vitamin b6
  • selenium
  • vitamin c

What is Fermentation and Why is it Beneficial?

Fermentation is a natural process that transforms food through the action of beneficial microorganisms like good bacteria and natural yeasts. It involves breaking down complex compounds into simpler forms, resulting in unique flavors, textures, and increased nutritional value. Fermentation is a time-honored technique used to preserve and enhance the taste of various foods. When it comes to fermented garlic honey, the process involves immersing raw garlic cloves in a mixture of honey and allowing it to ferment over time. This not only imparts a tangy and slightly sweet flavor to the garlic but also enhances its nutritional profile. Fermentation increases the bioavailability of nutrients, making them easier for our bodies to absorb. Additionally, fermented honey garlic can contribute to gut health by introducing beneficial bacteria into our digestive system. You can eat a clove or a spoonful of the honey for its immune system benefits. It’s also a delicious and versatile condiment that adds depth and complexity to a wide range of dishes.

Fermented Garlic Honey Simple Recipe

All you need is a clean glass jar, fresh garlic cloves, and raw unpasteurized honey. Grab these simple ingredients and let’s get fermenting (:

  • Locally grown, organic garlic is best. If you can’t get your hands on that, I also buy the three pound bag of peeled garlic from Sam’s Club. Either way, take the heads of garlic, peel them, and place the whole garlic cloves into your mason jar.
  • The amount of garlic is up to you, depending on the size jar you are using, you can fill it 1/4 of the way or 3/4 of the way. You’ve got to leave head space for the fermenting process.
  • Pour honey until the garlic cloves are completely covered. Turn the jar upside down to help the honey seep down to the bottom of the jar and top off as needed. do not fill to the top of the jar.
  • Store in a dark place, burp your jar every day for the first two weeks. Make sure to also turn it upside down at least once a day to make sure garlic cloves stay covered in honey as they will begin to float.
  • Ready to use in a month but the longer the better (:

How to Use Honey-Fermented Garlic

A great way to enjoy the strong medicinal benefits of this garlic-infused honey is to eat a clove, or take a spoonful of the honey. Not fan and looking for something a little less potent? Add this to your homemade salad dressing, drizzle over some roasted veggies, or add to any sauces. There are so many culinary uses the possibilities are truly endless!

Is Botulism a Concern?

Botulism is a serious concern for some when it comes to fermenting foods, including fermented honey garlic. Botulinum bacteria, which can produce a dangerous toxin, thrive in low-oxygen environments like those found in improperly fermented foods. To ensure safety, it’s crucial to take precautions and monitor the fermentation process. One way to assess the acidity level, which inhibits the growth of botulinum bacteria, is by using pH strips. These strips provide a simple and effective method to measure the pH of your fermented product. For fermented honey garlic, the pH should be below 4.6 to prevent botulism. Regularly testing the pH throughout the fermentation period allows you to track the progress and ensure the environment remains inhospitable to harmful bacteria. By using pH strips as a preventive measure, you can enjoy the benefits of fermentation while minimizing the risk of botulism contamination. Remember, safety should always be a top priority when fermenting foods. 

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Hello there, I'm Gabby! I am a mother of three, married to my wonderful husband Marco, and I have a deep passion for simple living, vintage homes, and cooking everything from scratch! Although I grew up in Las Vegas, my husband's military service brought us to the east coast, where we have now made coastal North Carolina our home. While I didn't grow up on a farm, I have always been fascinated by that lifestyle and have dedicated my adult life to learning and embracing those skills, which I am excited to share with all of you!

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