Honey for the Survival Pantry — 18 Comments

  1. GREAT post! We’ve been fortunate to have a good supply of honey from a relative. We buy at least a dozen quarts of it a year from him. The only problem with that arrangement is one of self-sufficiency. He lives several hundred miles away so in desperate times, the honey won’t be available to us.

    We’ve considered starting our own beekeeping efforts, but that’s pretty involved. At least more involved than we feel that we have the time for right now.


    • Given the extended shelf life, why not double up and purchase a couple of dozen quarts at a time? There are so many uses – James Talmage (aka Doctor Prepper) suggests adding a few drops to powdered milk to enhance the taste.

      — Gaye

  2. We used to buy honey in 1 gallon jugs from a local bee keeper. I kept it at room temperature in my main storage room. It kept forever. While it did crystallize, the solution was as you say, just heat it in warm water. The bee keeper is long gone now, so we buy it at a wholesale outlet. Everybody likes sweet things and in a survival scenario it would be hard to come by sweets. So storing honey is a good hedge against times of wide spread deprivation.

  3. Wow! Talk about a post that’s right up my alley! Aside from the fact that I absolutely love honey in my coffee, on my toast, in oatmeal or grits, or eaten with a spoon right from the jar, I’ve also found it to be effective as a means to fight the occasional seasonal allergies.

    When I first moved to Arizona some years ago, I discovered that every January or February I would suffer from significant bouts of allergies. I could only determine the flare-ups to be the result of the early Spring blooms and, being the stubborn guy I am, I refused to see my doctor, mainly because I was sure she would eventually target and isolate the cause of the allergies, then place me on some sort of pill or injection of something or the other to keep me allergy free. I, however, want no part of pills or shots. I would far prefer something natural.

    A few years back, a friend of mine suggested local honey. Reason? Local bees gather pollen from local plants, which in turn is made into local honey. His thinking was that if my body was reacting negatively to something in the air that originated from local plants, why not injest the plants/pollen into my system via the local honey, in order to build up my immune system to whatever it was that was causing the allergic reactions.

    Fast forward two years. I haven’t experienced nearly the amount of allergy symptoms as I had prior to eating the local honey on a regular basis. Coincidence? Maybe. But I have to say that whatever it is that’s helping with the allergies (and I think it’s the honey), I’m just thankful. Besides, honey just tastes good–period! That’s reason enough for me to be a believer!

    • When I was a kid, I had really bad breathing issues with regular cases of bronchitis. My doctor suggested local honey for the same reasons you suggested. He also suggested doses of vitamin C. Seemed to have helped.


    • I had heard this about local honey. I mentioned to a friend that I was thinking about buying some honey at a farmer’s market, that came from a place about 30 minutes’ drive from me. He said that would probably be too far away to get the allergy benefits. So I guess “local” really means LOCAL. Just something to keep in mind.

  4. Good post, SV, I have a couple of jars of honey but after reading your article and all the benefits I now think I don’t have nearly enough. Thanks for posting the honey butter recipe as well, I love honey butter! I may try it for allergy relief as RobNPhx mentioned in his comment, might be worth a try as the fall allergies are right around the corner.

  5. I have a Honey post queued up for our site but you’ve got some great info here! I’ll have to try that recipe. We are blessed to have a family source for raw honey and I am very grateful for it.

    I wonder what switching honey for corn syrup would do in a pecan pie… Only one way to find out. 🙂 I’m opposed to corn syrup on principle- it’s junk and it’s hard to escape- but I’ve never tried using honey interchangeably. Fodder for another post maybe…

  6. We received a #10 can of “honey powder” with a freeze dried/dehydrated food kit we ordered a while back. Haven’t tried it yet, but I remember thinking, why bother turning it in to powder? Heh. I guess one good thing is it takes less room to store.

  7. don’t forget the antiseptic/antibiotic properties of honey. it has been/is being used to treat large gaping wounds to prevent infection, speed healing, and i’m told it help keep scarring down to some degree.

  8. Honey is definitely the ultimate survival sweetener. If I thought I could actually become a beekeeper I most certainly would! Thanks for reminding us of this awesome natural food.

  9. I would like to add please check the labels of ‘store-bought’ honey. Some companies are importing honey from Thailand, Vietnam etc. that is not real honey but honey flavored. Please buy local or at least Made in USA. My local honey man showed this to me. To be healthful it must have pollen in it.

  10. The Queen of medicinal honeys is Manuka honey, it is such a powerfully antibiotic that it’s been recognised scientifically (and the active substance isolated). It is one of the only things that can treat and cure golden staph infections that are totally resistant to all antibiotics. It’s more expensive than normal honey but I have several jars in my emergency survival medical kit.

  11. I boughtg a lot of honey, but didn’t notice at the time that some of it was fron Thailand and Viatnam. I want to store honey long term, possibly even years. Do I have to dump the honey from Thailand and Vietnam, or can I mix it with local product?

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