Garlicky Honey

Garlicky Honey - features Garlico Marlborough garlic and Old Road Honey Company honey

Both garlic and honey are high in antioxidant compounds and separately help to keep illnesses at bay by balancing our immune systems. Together they are a powerhouse of anti-viral, immune-boosting and anti-bacterial properties. For a 'super-boost' use raw honey and the freshest garlic you can find.


  • 2 or 3 whole bulbs of fresh garlic
  • Honey
  • Sterilized glass jar with an airtight lid


  1. Separate the garlic bulbs into individual cloves, peel and lightly crush or chop each clove. NB This will help the garlic juice release into the honey.
  2. Place the prepared garlic into the sterilized jar.
  3. Fill the jar with honey and mix to distribute garlic.
  4. Seal the jar with a tight-fitting lid and turn the jar upside down (put onto a plate if you are worried about leaks).
  5. Store in a cool and dark spot away from direct sunshine.

Over the next two weeks you may see some foaming or bubbling in the jar, this is a fermentation process and you can release the gases by quickly opening the lid, re-sealing, then shaking the jar before turning it upside down and putting away again.

The mixture will become a thinner consistency as the garlic releases juice into the honey.

After two weeks the garlicky honey is ready to enjoy although if you can wait a month it's even better! If you aren't going to use the honey a lot it may need burping occasionally. The acidity of honey means bacteria are largely unable to survive and multiply and as long as the jar remains tightly lidded and no moisture gets inside the honey will have a long and happy shelf life.

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  • During cold and flu season take a spoonful when you feel a cold or sore throat coming on.
  • When cooking chicken stirfry, drizzle the mixture onto chicken when you are sealing it in the frying pan. The honey will caramelise and add a deliciously sweet garlic flavour to the chicken.
  • Spoon over camembert cheese and bake in the oven until the cheese is hot and gooey. (Refer to baked camembert recipes online for the full cooking method).
  • Add it to your cheese board with soft cheeses, fresh and dried fruits and breads.
  • Use as a glaze on your favourite meat or vegetables.
  • Add to roasted or stir-fried vegetables.
  • Substitute the infused honey as the sweetener in salad dressings and marinades.
  • Mix the honey-soaked garlic cloves into hummus for a mellow garlic flavour
Garlicky Honey