As strange as it may sound, of all the new products that I’ve added to my kitchen this month, this honey dispenser comes close to the top of my list in terms of pure awesomeness! OK, so the shiny brand new Kitchenaid mixer that husband bought me for Christmas comes right at the top of the list (isn’t he awesome?). But hey, I’m also easily pleased and this cheap little honey dispenser that’s available for $12.99 on Amazon comes a close second or third. I love it!
You see…I’m a self confessed clean freak (I drive my husband completely crazy!) but I can’t help it. And using honey around the kitchen really freaks me out. It sticks to everything! I hate those great big runny drips that end up everywhere and leave that horrible residual gunk all over the kitchen surfaces. And washing the surfaces never seems to get rid of the stickiness – it just spreads it out. And when my daughter is let lose with a teaspoon and honey – eeew! Don’t even get me started. The stickiness ends up literally all over the house – on the door handles, on the draw handles… I know, I’m slightly weird but my stickiness phobia seriously used to put me off using honey in the kitchen.
But in stark contrast I’m a honey monster! I love it on a slice of brown bread for my breakfast, I love a dollop in natural yoghurt, it goes pretty awesomely with a crepe and fresh strawberries, and I have a some great cake recipes with which honey is a match made in heaven. Darn…my stomach’s starting to gurgle. I need to stop thinking about food. But I also love a couple of thick spoonfuls in a cup of camomile tea at bed time. It sends me to sleep in about a nanosecond (my husband hates that…). So, the upshot is that I have a love-hate relationship with honey.
How I Found The World’s Best Honey Dispenser!
So, I’ve already explained that I’m a little strange. And it’s common knowledge with my friends (who are as equally strange as me btw – Hannah, Claire, you know it, so don’t get offended if you’re reading this post). Anyhow, we did a Secret Santa before Christmas, and you know what’s coming next. Mine was beautifully wrapped little parcel complete with spotty bow (almost too good to tear apart!). I peeled it open gently (I love re-using nice wrapping paper) to reveal an Amazon-esque brown cardboard box. I dug a little deeper gently peeling back the glued cardboard flap to reveal a little box containing a honey dispenser.
…But, It’s No Ordinary Dispenser
So, whilst I was trying to suss out what it was and how I might use it, one of my friends revealed “so this is the cure to your honey phobia” (at which point the identity of my Secret Santa had been revealed). But she explained that she bought one for herself on sale and it was one of the best things that she had in her kitchen! I listened on…
She explained why it was the best honey dispenser she had ever found and why it would it would suit me down to a tee. And the big difference is that it doesn’t pour from the top, it dispenses from the bottom. And the small bowl that it “lives in” catches all the drips. Don’t my friends know me well?
Why I Think This Honey Dispenser Was Deigned By A TRUE Genius
OK, so I wasn’t convinced at the time. There’s no sticky-free way to cook or use honey in the kitchen. Turns out I was wrong. This honey dispenser is god damn amazing!
Let’s start with the aesthetics. Anything that dispenses honey or syrup is generally ugly (they all remind me of breakfast at Denny’s and won’t therefore ever find their way into my beautiful kitchen). But this product actually looks REALLY nice. It’s made of super highly quality glass that shines up a treat. The glass is beautifully patterned. I’m a REAL fusspot about what goes on display in my kitchen. But I’m happy to store it a prime and highly visible position on my kitchen table. That’s its new home. But my goodness, it get’s well used…
BECAUSE there truly is no mess. There really isn’t
Dispensing from the bottom is a true god send. It comes out slowly which is great as you have complete control over the dose of calories. But the main thing is, that in contrast to a normal honey dispenser, it does’t trickle down the sides or over your fingers when you stop pouring. And, when your done, you place the honey dispenser back in it’s glass bowl home where the off drip that trickles out the bottom is caught. How cool is that?
And Last Week I Bought Another One That I Use As A Maple Syrup Dispenser
So, I get equally freaked out by maple syrup. Same problem as honey – sticky, messy, gooey, YUCK! But this honey dispenser works just as well for dispensing “shots” of maple syrup (and it would also work great with treacle). So I bought anther one! And it works so well I even let my daughter use it – as there are no more sticky fingers! I don’t completely approve but she’s found this great game that she loves to play with the maple syrup dispenser. At breakfast time she’ll climb on top of her chair and hold the product at about chest height and see how high can hold it up and still hit her plate with the maple syrup. You’re probably wandering why this doesn’t freak me out! Let’s just say that we apply some cling film around her space on the table as a contingency in case disaster strikes. She gets a lot of fun out of it so, I’m not going to complain. And she’s getting great at hitting the target!
Here are Some Of The Great Ways I Use My Honey Dispenser
OK, so it’s a honey dispenser, so it “just” dispenses honey is probably what you’re thinking. But the great thing I’m finding is that, because it’s so quick and easy to use, I use it a lot more. No more digging around in the kitchen cupboards trying the locate the jar. No wrist breaking strains (or husband assistance required) removing the lid. No risk of runny mess trickling off the spoon. No – this is easy peasy and fuss free. I just grab it from the table and hit the trigger and out it trickles And we all know that honey’s lot a lot healthier than sugar with holistic benefits ranging from boosting the immune system to helping depression. So, here’s some of the stuff I do:
Brown Toast With A Dollop Of Honey
Perfect start to the day. An instant boost of sugar with a slower release of complex carbohydrates over the course of the morning. Nothing makes me feel more ready to face the day and last until lunch time without reaching for the biscuits. And no sticky spoons or sticky fingers to wash afterwards.
Dollop of Honey On Waffles With Cream
OK, so if I ate as many waffles as a I’d really like to I’d end up weighing about 40 stone. I love the things. I have them occasionally but it’s a treat I normally reserve from my children.
My Family Honey Mustard Dressing “Special” Recipe
There’s a recipe for a honey mustard dressing that’s been in my family for generations. There’s a few magic ingredients that we add that make it taste TOTALLY amazing. I could tell you what they are but then I would have to kill you. Nope – I’m not revealing that recipe. But it does of course contain honey. And for adding that I of course dispense the shot with my honey dispenser. I make a lot more of it now (and a nice dressing is the only way I can persuade my husband to eat “green stuff” as he refers to it).
Honey Infused Chamomile Tea
Oh..I’m getting that lovely warm sleepy feeling just thinking about it. For me there is no better way of getting to drift off than a nice warm cup of camomile. And adding a small dollop of honey adds a touch of something really special. I don’t know whether it’s the camomile, the honey or a combination of both that has the effect on my. But after my evening dose I go to bed feeling content, happy and drowsy and it’s not long before I’m snoring. I sometimes manage a couple of pages of my book but that’s it. And I wake in the morning feeling really refreshed ready to take on the school run, a day at the office and anything that life choses to throw at me over the course of the day.
Honey Cakes and Other Treats
Is so much easier to measure out runny honey from the honey dispenser. I use it for honey based cakes, muffins and I make a really mean Baklava (email me if you want the recipe!).
A Bit More About Using The Honey Dispenser
It’s pretty simple. You push down on the thumb lever to dispense the honey. Release the trigger and an inner stopper mechanism closes to prevent drips. Fill the glass base with warm water to keep your syrup or honey soft and warm if you like. If the honey in your jar from the store or farmer’s market is really stuck and crystallized, it’s going to take a long time to pour it out. So before you pour the honey into the dispenser pour it into a heatproof measuring cup and set it into a pan of warm water to melt the honey. Let it cool to room temperature before pouring it into the dispenser so you don’t burn yourself. The honey will remain runny after it cools. Don’t refrigerate it – honey never spoils. It’s been found in 6,000 year old catacombs in the country of Georgia.
Are you looking at the honey dispenser and thinking, how do I get the honey in there? It’s easier than it looks. There are three parts to the product: the lever/stopper/top piece, the honey pot, and the base. You just remove the honey pot from the base, screw off the lever/stopper/top, and set the smaller opening of the honey pot (the lower opening) on a plate or saucer. On a plate the dispenser will balance quite nicely on a stable surface and stops the honey drizzling out while you’re filling it. Pour the loosened up honey into the larger, top opening. Fill to about a half inch from the top to allow room for the stopper. Then, insert and screw on the lever/stopper/top. Some honey’s going to drip out—a plate or paper towel is essential. If you use a plate, you can use the spilled honey on your toast or tea. Replace the honey pot in the base to keep it tidy and clean. The dispenser’s lid should be hand washed (it’s delicate), but the glass container and stand are dishwasher-safe.
My Visitors And Guests Love It
It’s amazing how much interest this little product gets from visitors to my home. Everybody seems to be intrigued by it! They’ll pick it up from the kitchen table, fiddle with it and then ask my permission to give it a go. I think I should stock up on a few and sell them. But it’s both strange and awesome that such a simple little device grabs so much attention.
Where To Buy Yours
Well done on reaching the end of this post – you rock! It was only meant to be a short one but hopefully you’ve picked up on my true passion for this brilliant little product. Anyway, I’m guessing that if you’ve read this far you’re probably just about ready to buy your own honey dispenser! Best do it now then! I can’t tell you how often I frustrate myself by finding awesome products on the net and not buying them straight away! By the time I get round to buying I’ve often forgotten where I found them!
I’ve been keeping an eye out for these dispensers in my local shops but I’ve never found one. But the good news is that you can get one fuss free on Amazon. I’ve included a link to the product throughout the article but I’ve added and extra one below (see the buy now button below the image)! Just click on the link and it will take you to the product page on Amazon. Also take a look at some of the glowing customer reviews. Get yours today and you’ll have it a couple of days. You won’t be disappointed!