I tried to make the "Homestead Honey" out of clover and fireweed blossoms and sugar tonight, and I'm afraid it flopped. I followed the directions precisely as indicated here:
Except that I omitted the alum. I've read several reports (including an old Garden Web forum on this very topic of Homestead Honey with alum) and the consensus was that you could omit it, which I did...
Problem is that the "honey" looks great while boiling but it crystalized rapidly upon cooling and even after a water bath looks like a pale cloudy mass of sugar gunk in the 1/2 pint jars with a thin layer of liquid "honey" on top.
Has anyone tried these "Homestead Honey" recipes with any success? If so, can you offer pointers for making it correctly, especially avoiding the crystalization problems I encountered? It smelled like honey for a bit, but tastes largely like sugar granules in a thick syrup...