Post # 1
Hi Bees! I’ve seen some really cute posts about honey jar favors, but I’m trying to make them DIY to save money, so I found a few online sites with cheap little jars and I could buy honey in bulk at costco and then just fill the jars and make a cute label for them. My question, though, is whether I’d have to somehow sterilize and ‘seal’ the jars? Does anybody know about this? Obviously I’d want it all to be sterile and fresh 🙂 My other idea is to do the same method using jam. Thanks!
Post # 3
I just sent you a link to them (PM) already filled and they work out to be 73 cents a piece. I have used them for favors for multiple different events.
I am doing them for my baby shower actually and will cover them in burlap
Post # 4
@mwitter80: Could I possibly get that link also? I’ve been looking at this as a favor as well 🙂 Thanks!
Post # 5
@mwitter80: HI! Can I get that link also, please? I found some but they were about $1.30 each…every penny counts! 🙂 Thanks! My email is [email protected].
Post # 6
I’m a beekeeper, and I’m just going to say, don’t get honey from costco. It’s gross and full of crap that doesn’t need to be in honey. Honey is supposed to be good for you, and honey from Costco most definitely is not and it defeats the purpose. Find a local beekeeper, they’ll give you a deal.
Second, you don’t need to seal honey jars. I think that’s kind of ridiculous to do for your own wedding, as honey jars in the stores are only sealed so that other customers can’t open the jar and contaminate it. Unnecessary at your own wedding, I think.
Sanitizing is probably good, but a quick run through the dishwasher or cleaning (let the jars sit for 5-10 minutes before washing) in hot soapy water would suffice
IMPORTANT. If you don’t want the honey to crystallize (if you want to make sure it’s kept runny) then it needs to be in dark jars (so no light can get to it to destroy the chemical make up, and the JARS MUST BE 120% DRY. ABSOLUTELY NO LIQUID SHOULD BE IN THE JARS BEFORE YOU BOTTLE OR COME IN CONTACT WITH THE HONEY AFTER YOU BOTTLE.
If the honey does crystallize, DO NOT HEAT IT UP. Place it in a bowl of lukewarm (room temp) water, and let it sit there until it becomes runny. You may need to change the water.
Honey is a nice touch to add to weddings, but make sure you do it right, or it could be a mess. Also, if you do make a mess, or get some on the outside of the jars, use a wet paper towel to wipe up the honey, and immediately dry it with a clean, dry paper towel. It will remove all stickiness instantly.
Post # 7
Yeah, articles like this freak me out-
Ever since reading that, I only buy honey that SAYS explicitly where it was manufactured, preferably from a local farmer or at least in my state.
Also, the only wedding that I’ve ever been to that had honey as a favor had it b/c the bride’s family had a honey farm (or whatever it’s called), so that’s where they got it from.
Post # 8
Thanks for the feedback, ladies. I’m now leaning towards buying already jarred small containers of jam to avoid all the hassle/questions re: honey.
Post # 9
Great information. I’m having my wedding in Mexico in April and am planning on giving honey as the favors because my soon to be last name “Mieles” means honey’s. Can anyone send me any links since I don’t see any posted?
Any information is greatly appreciated.
My email address is [email protected]
Post # 9
Hi everyone! Would someone be able to send me the website also. I love this idea for my sister’s baby shower. The soon “Mother to Bee.”
My email is [email protected]
Post # 10
cathy.brajuha: I don’t know the website that they emailed each other but my FI’s family owns an apiary and I highly suggest that you look for a local farmer. My FI’s family does small favours for about $1.50 to $2 each and you get 150g of honey, which is a cute little small jar. Just look for a locala apiary in Google, such as: “Apiaries in New York”, etc. Looking for “apiaries in USA” lead me to many websites, some of which can sometimes direct you to a local apiary. http://www.honeyo.com/org-US_State.shtml seems promising, for example. Just try looking in your state for local beekeepers/apiaries and you will be surprised!
If you have any questions feel free to reply or PM me!
Post # 11
Make sure the size of the jar is under the regulations for flying.
Post # 12
Does anyone have the website they can send me please?
Post # 14
there are honey favors that ship to canada and the US on etsy. lulu island honey. haven’t received them yet but that’s where we are getting honey favors from.
Post # 15
Buying the little buggers sounds like the right move to me. These things always take much longer to do than you think and hygiene is a big issue with foodstuffs. The cost difference could well be marginal too.