Cooking with Honey

What makes honey a great sugar substitute? Aside from having a healthier nutrition profile, honey can be used in virtually any recipe that calls for sugar. Using the tips below, you’ll be able to confidently cast those bags of sugar aside.

Measuring Honey

First, let’s start with how to easily measure honey. To get an accurate amount into your recipe, heat a measuring cup by pouring hot water into it. Once it’s heated, pour the water out then add the appropriate amount of honey according to your recipe. By heating it first, you’re allowing the honey to freely flow out of the measuring cup without any left behind. This helps to ensure that you get an accurate measurement.

Substituting Honey

Because honey is naturally sweeter than table sugar you’ll need to adjust your recipes slightly. For up to one cup, honey can be substituted equally for sugar. If the recipe calls for more than one cup of sugar, replace each cup with ¾ cup of honey. Not only is honey sweeter, it also brings more moisture to a recipe. So, for baked goods in particular, if using honey, reduce all other liquids by ¼ cup.

Honey Weight Conversion

Just to confuse us all, honey is sold by weight ounces not fluid ounces, so you’ll always need a little more than you think. Print out this chart to help you get just the right amount of honey in your next recipe.

Honey Container Size

(weight ounces)

8 oz 12 oz 16 oz 24 oz 32 oz 40 oz 48 oz
Cups of Honey

(fluid ounces)

2/3 cup 1 cup 1 1/3 cup 2 cup 2 2/3 cup 3 1/3 cup 4 cup

Download printable pdf of honey weight convesion chart.

We hope this information helps you in your quest to use honey in the kitchen more often. If you have any additional questions while you’re whipping up your next batch of muffins, please reach out to our team.