Hops are synonymous with brewing; they are responsible for the bitter taste of beer and act as a natural preservative. However, these fantastic little flowers have many more uses.
We’ve included some alternative uses for hops as well as a tangy hop mayonnaise recipe, which comes in our Burger Lover’s Kit where you can make beer ketchup and spiced burgers to go along with your hoppy mayo – perfect as a Father’s Day gift or to impress your guests at the BBQ!
Although a few beers can make you feel relaxed and sleepy, hops on their own can be used to help with insomnia. Their sleep inducing potential was first discovered when hop-pickers routinely started to fall asleep on the job – this was known as hop-pickers fatigue. People would stuff their pillows full of hop flowers to aide a good nights sleep.
Steeped as a tea, the anti-inflammatory properties of hops can aid digestion and soothe a sore tummy. Hops have been used as a herbal remedy in this way to help treat IBS and even ulcers.
Hops are beautiful and make a great addition to any garden, porch or balcony. They’re perennial and have vines that climb like ivy. They love rich, moist soil and don’t need that much space, so get planting if you want something unusual, easy and quick to grow.
Hops are catching on as a cooking ingredient and have been popping up on menus in trendy restaurants and pubs at a steady rate. Hops can be used like a herb to give food an earthy flavour, however they have a very bitter taste so use in moderation is the key.
Tangy Hop Mayonnaise Recipe
We’ve been experimenting and have come up with an easy hop mayonnaise recipe – a perfect way to get started if you want to use your hops for eating as well as drinking!
You will need:
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon ale
- 2 tsp. cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 250ml light olive oil or sunflower oil
- 1 sachet HB Hop Pellets**
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
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For a subtle hop flavour create hop infused oil – place hop pellets in a clean jar with the oil. Seal lid and leave for 1-3 weeks, shaking the jar every so often to agitate the hop pellets. Remove the hops before using the oil in the recipe.
For a strong hop flavour, grind the hop pellets to a powder and add directly with other ingredients.
• Place all ingredients except oil into a large bowl.
• Pour oil on top and wait for it all to rise to the top.
• Insert hand-held blender to the bottom (ensure the blades are immersed).
• Turn on blender and watch as the oil is sucked down into the emulsion.
• Gradually raise the blender until all the oil is emulsified. Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
NB: If you do not have a hand-held blender you can use a conventional blender:
Place all the ingredients except the oil into the blender, put on lid and start blender slowly. Gradually pour in the oil while blender is operating to create an emulsion. Using a spatula, pour mayonnaise into a clean, sanitised jar.
Variation: Add 1 minced garlic clove to make a garlic mayo/aioli
Beer Lover’s Burger Kit
For the full experience buy our Beer Lover’s Burger Kit so you can make your own beer ketchup and tangy mayo along with tasty spiced burgers. Makes a great gift!