In the Kitchen with HoneyComber Club

Is summer here yet? While we won’t be fully back to normal for a while, celebrations are slowly coming back––and we’re ready with foods, drinks, and more to toast to seeing loved ones in person again.

This summer, we’re all about treating ourselves and others, however you get together to celebrate. Join us all summer to discover beginner-friendly recipes, how-tos, and more, created by the experts and makers behind Cratejoy’s top foodie boxes.

Today’s how-to? An easy, customizable way to create a charcuterie board for your first post-pandemic dinner party with tips from Emily Ott, the founder of HoneyComber Club.

Check out Emily’s tips, and learn more about HoneyComber Club, below!


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Behind the Box: HoneyComber Club

After a college athletic career and three years in the tech industry, Emily found herself at loose ends when the CDC recommended a national lockdown in March 2020. “I realized that I was not feeling fulfilled, that life was short, and that I should be taking risks to pursue the things that mattered to me––and one of those things was sustainability,” she says. Her career in technology had unfolded because she had been unsure of what she wanted to do after college; her real passion lay elsewhere, in sustainable beekeeping.

The small, family-owned apiaries––aka bee farms––that keep sustainable beekeeping going didn’t have the time or resources to launch a subscription box, so Emily took the mantle on herself and began partnering with independent apiaries around the U.S. “I go on cross-country road trips in my RV with my dog to meet with beekeepers, taste their raw honeys, and talk about their beekeeping and honey processing practices,” she explains. “I personally vet each beekeeper and their raw honey before submitting them to a blind ‘taste trial’ with friends and family.” Only those honeys that make the cut are featured in HoneyComber Club’s boxes.

From the popularity of this newbie subscription box, it’s clear that Emily’s not the only one hankering after raw honey. Sign us up for the Club, please.


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Raw Honey Charcuterie

In each HoneyComber Club box, Emily says, “we give recipe tips to our subscribers, and we often recommend specific honeys to pair with specific cheeses and other treats.”

Ingredients*

  • Smoked Gouda cheese

  • Parmesan cheese

  • Apple slices

  • Apricots

  • Uncured salami

  • Prosciutto and cheese wraps

  • Wildflower honey

  • Cold-processed honey

Note: The wildflower honey in HoneyComber’s example comes from Hall Apiaries in New Hampshire, while the cold-processed honey comes from Desert Creek Honey in Texas.

Directions

  1. Pour honeys into small jars and place in the center of your plate.

  2. Assemble cheeses, meats, and fruits around the honey jars.

  3. Snack away!