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I am quite a fan of honey and although I buy both set and clear honeys I think I prefer set honey. I'm not loyal to any particular brand but the last one I had was this Gale's one. In the honey world Gale's is quite an established name so it should be considered a quality product. I did enjoy this honey but I wasn't completely wowed by it. It comes in a nice glass jar and the pretty thing about it is the shape of the glass towards the top has ridges all the way around to echo the design of a honey barrel. There is a blue lid on the jar and a yellow and blue label on the front. Once you unscrew the lid you can smell the sweet scent of honey immediately which smells lovely. This honey is 'set' which means it keeps a solid shape in the jar, unlike the clear ones which are runny. The honey is a pale yellow/golden and is a solid colour as opposed to a see through colour like clear honey or syrup. It is easy to spoon the honey out of the jar and spread onto your toast or whatever you are eating it with. It looks a bit wetter when it is on hot toast as the heat melts it slightly. It tastes delicious, very sweet and moreish and such a distinct honey taste. As I say, I buy different brands of honey, quite often supermarket own versions which all seem to be very tasty but as nice as this honey was I really wanted to be super impressed with it and I didn't get that wow factor I was looking for. The honey is to be stored in a cupboard and has quite a long shelf life on it. Sometimes honeys go a bit crystallized in the jar if they're left too long but I didn't find that with this one. However, that could be because we ate more of it when we had that particular jar so it went down quicker, I'm not sure. Honey is a great ingredient to add to boiling hot water and lemon in order to stave off colds and some people apply it to rashes and skin irritations. That is by no means medical advice by a doctor, but I have heard people say it. This jar contains 340g and costs £2.38 in Tescos. It is also available in other supermarkets at a similar price.
My Dad has always had honey on bread and it has always looked so delicious so the other day I decided to buy myself some. I picked up a squeezy tub of Gale's Blossom Honey Soft & Creamy. This honey also comes in a jar too like the one above - which I have to admit is the more practical storage option for honey. Gales is written clearly on top of a large yellow flower, the tube is so basic with little info given on it. The back of the tube says 100% Honey and informs us that it is unsuitable for children under 12 months. The tube has a flip top lid, that can also be screwed off, this enables you to just squirt the honey out. This is a good idea when the tube is full as it squirts out so easily but as you get to the bottom of the tube you have to start waiting for an hour with the tube upside down and wait for the honey to run down to the hole for you to be able to squirt it out without any troubles. The honey is a light, pale golden colour and is very thick, soft, creamy as well as being sticky. It's a very sweet and tasty honey indeed. It's syrupy, thick and rich in golden honey flavour. Although sticky it pours out smooth and it is also smooth on the knife when spreading it. It makes a stunning topping for toast, this is the easier option for spreading too because if the honey is squirted onto fresh bread this makes for a fight with your slice as the sticky and thick honey makes it so easy to rip the bread to shreds. This honey, squirted on a buttered french stick too makes a stunning dessert. Being such a thick and sweet honey it's very filling and most definitely satisfies a sugary craving. This is a definite must for anybody who likes honey anyway or who gets alot of sugary cravings as this would definitely put a stop to them!
I really love honey as do the rest of my family so we usually have some in the cupboard. I'm mostly a fan of Scottish heather honey but it can be very expensive (£4-£5 per jar!) so I find Gale's Pure Set Honey to be a good alternative as it is only £1.83 from Asda for a 454g jar. A jar this size will last us a couple of weeks at least so it's quite good value really. The jar is quite attractive looking and sort of looks a little old fashioned. I don't tend to think of honey as being particularly modern or cutting edge so I think the old fashioned look sort of suits it! The jar is rippled slightly - I assume to have the look of a bee hive about it and the label is yellow with blue which looks nice against the yellow honey inside. When you open the jar you immediately get a lovely whiff of the creamy, sweet honey inside - yum! The honey itself is a slightly pale yellow colour and is very, very thick. It's easy to get it out of the jar in to a knife but be warned that spreading can be a difficult task if you don't want to rip the bread! ...particularly tricky with very fresh soft bread although worth persevering as creamy honey on soft fresh bread is definitely worth a reasonable amount of effort! You can of course overcome this by going for the favourite in our house - honey on toast. The warmth of the toast usually melts the honey enough to avoid any bread ripping and it is delicious! A breakfast favourite for us :o) I have now discovered the Gales also sell their pure honey in a squeezy bottle! I've always liked the idea of squeezy honey but I'm not a fan of the runny honey that always seems to be in the squeezy bottles so tend to avoid it. However, Gales 'Creamy Honey' in the squeezy bottle is much the same as the 'Pure Set Honey' just not quite as thick and the squeezy bottle is great for easy spreading and you avoid the lid getting all sticky after a few days like you get with a jar! The squeezy honey is available at £1.59 from Asda for 340g.