You must have seen a honey dipper somewhere before…maybe at the store, in a commercial, at a friend’s, or perhaps you just got one yourself. How do you use a honey dipper? It looks effortless in the commercials, but now, it isn’t going smoothly as you saw the lady in the commercial use hers, right?
Using honey dippers is no herculean task, but it’s something you’ll like to learn if you use honey as a sweetener a lot. This article contains a step-by-step guide to help you use honey dippers effortlessly without creating a mess.
What Is a Honey Dipper?
A honey dipper is a kitchen utensil used to take honey from a jar and deliver it to another container which could be a cup or a bowl. It could also be bread, biscuits, pancakes, or any other food. Honey dippers are mostly wooden, but there are plastic and glass dippers as well.
This utensil has a handle and a bulb-like head which consists of grooves that are continuous circumferences that are linked together. Other names of honey dippers you may have heard are honey wands and honey sticks.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Use a Honey Dipper
Step 1: Season the Dipper
- Wash the honey dippers thoroughly with dish soap and warm water
- Allow it to dry until it is slightly damp
- Sand it gently with medium-grit sandpaper (#60 to #80). Sanding will help smoothen any rough edges that appear while the wood is still damp
- Afterward, dilute one part of white vinegar with five parts of warm water
- Soak your honey dippers in this solution for a few minutes; this is sanitizing them
- Take them out and rinse them with clean water and leave them to dry. Wooden dippers take up to three days to dry fully
- When you are sure the dippers are fully dry, you can oil them
- Melt equal parts of virgin olive oil and honey in a saucepan on low heat until both dissolve properly and you have an even mixture
- Thereafter, dip a clean paper towel into the oil and use the oil to coat the honey dippers. While you’re doing this, preheat the oven to 350°F
- When you have fully coated the dippers, place them on a baking sheet and bake for two minutes in the oven
- Afterward, take out your honey dippers…all seasoned and ready for use
Step 2: Dip the Dipper Into the Honey
Dip the honey dipper into the jar of honey at an angle. Then, dip it further until the honey covers the bulb of the dipper.
Step 3: Twist the Dipper
Afterward, gently twist the handle of the dipper in the jar of honey. Continue to twist as you gently lift the dipper out of the honey. Keep on twisting the dipper and hold it in a vertical position over the jar. This position will prevent the honey from dripping. Take the dipper over to where you want to drop the honey.
Step 4: Drizzle
When you’re ready to release the honey, stop twisting the dipper. You can now hold it horizontally and allow the honey to drip by itself.
How Can You Clean Honey Dipper?
To clean honey dippers, make sure you’ve gotten all your honey out of it (at least most of it). Then, soak it in warm water and mild soap. You can gently shake the dippers in the water to remove honey from the grooves.
After this, soak it in diluted white vinegar, rinse and dry. Cleaning honey dippers is essentially the first step of seasoning.
How to Store Honey Dippers
You may keep the dippers in the honey jars. If you’re storing this way, make sure it is free of food particles like bread crumbs and oil which can contaminate the honey.
If you’re not storing the dippers in the jar of honey, keep them in a cool, dry place. You can keep them wrapped in aluminum foil or clean paper towels to prevent insects from walking over them.
Can you leave the honey dipper in honey?
You may store your honey dippers in the honey jars if you want to. If you’d rather keep it elsewhere, make sure you clean it properly and store it where germs and insects cannot reach it.
Why should you use a honey dipper instead of a spoon?
Honey dippers better deliver honey than spoons do. If you want a drizzle of honey instead of a glob, use a honey dipper. Moreover, if you use it properly, it won’t create a mess as a spoon may. And you can enjoy the artistry of using a honey dipper.
Why should you season honey dippers before using them?
Seasoning honey dippers will help extend their lifespan and make them sturdier. Moreover, it’s a way of maintenance.
How much honey does honey dipper hold?
A honey dipper holds enough honey to sweeten a cup of tea or coffee. The honey lodges in the grooves and descend when you hold the stick down to a cup, bowl, or bread.
If you thought a spoon was the best utensil for taking honey out of a jar, follow the step-by-step guide and use the honey dipper. Honey dippers better scoop and drop the honey without creating any mess on the table and around the cup or bowl.
If you love to get artistic with your honey and tea, honey dippers will do that better for you. I hope you found the guide resourceful and helpful.
Thanks for reading.
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