State Plate: North Dakota Fun Facts

North Dakota…

…leads in growing sunflowers in the nation – that’s a lot of tasty sunflower seeds.

…ranks #1 in honey production in the country.

…produces 38 million gallons of milk every year. In fact, milk is the official state beverage.

…grows enough wheat annually to make 12.6 billion loaves of bread. Most of America’s pasta is made from North Dakota durum wheat.

…once served the world’s largest hamburger, weighing in at 3,591 pounds. It took 8,000 people to enjoy the feast.

Be a Honey Keeper

  • Store honey at room temperature, never near excessive heat.
  • Honey tends to darken with age. It’s safe to consume and still full of flavor.
  • Don’t keep honey in the refrigerator or it will crystallize from the cold.

What to Do if your Honey Crystallizes

  • Don’t worry. It’s still good. Simply place the jar in boiling water for about 2 or 3 minutes, and it will become liquid again. This is probably the best method.
  • Or you can use your microwave, but pay attention to what’s happening in the oven! Pour 1 cup of honey in a microwave safe container and heat it, in short intervals, stirring every 30 seconds, until the crystals dissolve.

Important Note: In general, if your honey is in a traditional “honey bear” bottle, you should not microwave the bottle. Most “honey bear” bottles will carry a do not microwave warning, so check yours. It’s best to pour the contents into a bowl that’s safe for microwave use. You wouldn’t want your honey bear and honey to become a molten mess in the microwave! Not only would clean-up be a nightmare, but also what a waste of delicious honey!

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth!

INSP guest blogger Kate Wood shared this Honey Nut Biscuit recipe guaranteed to sweeten your day!