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I have a honey dipper I thought would be worth making use of. It does great at not dripping honey as I take it out of the jar. However getting the honey out of the dipper is another matter. I've tried holding it at various angles and gently shaking it. How do I get the honey to drip where I want it to?

I imagine it would work well if stirring the honey into a drink. However I am trying to get it on my oatmeal, and it's a pain to clean after stirring it in the oats.

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I found that the best place for honey dippers is the garbage bin, for the same reasons you mention. Use a spoon, which you can lick clean afterwards! –  Juancho Feb 26 '13 at 22:59
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Apparently there is an orientation to the thing. (I can't confirm because I never use mine and I don't feel like honey right now.)

While moving in and out of the jar, hold it with the stick up and down. Honey will kind of "sit on the shelves" of the dripper and fall off very slowly if at all. Move it over to your oatmeal and then turn it 90 degrees so the stick is parallel to the floor/counter/table. Now apparently honey will flow out of the slots and onto your oatmeal.

If this works, it could actually be good for getting a thin drizzle which is hard to do with a spoon.

Try it and let me know?

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The important bit is that you let the honey drip off it ... you don't use it to touch the item to be sweatened. They also work well for more viscous liquids like molasses and stroop. –  Joe Mar 8 '13 at 13:04
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I would say warming it up would be a good place to start, that'll help the honey flow more freely off the dipper (though now that the honey moves more freely, it might drip more as you take it out of the jar).

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Traditional honey dippers are quite large and made of hard wood; these can be used to drizzle honey on things. They're designed to stay in the honey pot. You need a honey dipper that just fits diagonally in your honey pot. You return it to your pot after use, you do not wash it.

The small ones most often seen in modern shops are designed to take honey from a jar to your cup of tea. So it is "washed" in your hot tea. It is quite useless for anything else.

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Are you saying that the large ones are also useful for more than putting honey in tea? –  Jefromi Feb 27 '13 at 6:26
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@Jefromi Yes, but they "live" in the honey pot. They are a waste of time if you are going to wash them each time –  TFD Feb 27 '13 at 8:02
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Honey has strong antiseptic qualitites, which is why the dippers can be kept in the honey. That said, the dipper should not be actually put in the tea--it should never touch anything but honey and air. Tea goes bad easily at room temperature, and could cause pathogens to grow in/on the wooden dipper. –  OmniaFaciat Feb 27 '13 at 16:06
    
@OmniaFaciat Tea goes bad? You let the dipper dry and put it away. What grows on a dry piece of wood? –  TFD Feb 27 '13 at 19:10
    
@TFD The fact that it needs to be a big one is a good answer to the question, so I went ahead and edited it into your answer. (That's more important than the bonus information about washing.) –  Jefromi Feb 28 '13 at 1:49
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Honey dippers are to be kept in the honey, of course. Pull it out of the honey, hold it at a slightly tilted angle and twirl it to catch the honey that is dripping from it. Hold it over the cup, bowl or whatever sideways (parallel) and let the honey drip into or onto your cup or bowl. You do not use it to stir with, nor do you wash it. Honey is viscous and does not accept shaking as an accelerator of getting it off the dipper; it has to drip--hence the name. As someone else says, it lives in the honey jar or honey pot. It will live there happily for years and never be burdened with anything at all and is always available when needed. They do come in assorted styles, so pick one you like and use it to your heart's content. I had a wooden one literally for probably 20 years, always kept in the honey jar. The only problem that I encountered was that the honey had solidified pretty well and someone had tried to literally dislodge it from the honey by pulling on it and it and the head finally separated from the stem, rather than softening the honey first. Now I am shopping for a new one.

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