Storing Your Honey
result of the complex processing of nectar by bees, which changes its
chemical properties, honey can be stored for long periods of time.
There are historical examples of honey being preserved for decades, and
Although glass is the preferred storage material, honey can also be stored in stainless
steel or food grade plastic containers and at room temperature -- not
in the refrigerator. Honey will absorb particles from many metals and
some plastics. Honey
should not be stored in metal containers, because the acids in the
honey may promote oxidation of the container. This results in
additional content of heavy metals in the honey, decreases the
nutritional value, and may lead to stomach sickness or poisoning.
Honey has a strong
tendency to absorb outside smells and moisture. Consequently, you
should store honey in a clean, sealed glass jar. If
you are planning on storing your honey for extended periods of time,
then it is better to store it in a dark location such as a cupboard or
pantry. Honey tends to deteriorate when exposed to light for extended
periods of time. Additionally, honey absorbs moisture (which is a
desirable characteristic for lip balms and other cosmetic products) and
should be stored in a dry location. Optimal storage temperature is 39
to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
What to do if Your Honey Crystallizes
If your honey turns cloudy or crystallizes (a natural process), the
generally accepted practice is to place the honey jar in warm water and
stir until the crystals dissolve.
You can also place the honey in a microwave-safe container with the lid
off and stir about every 20-30 seconds until the crystals dissolve.
This varies on the amount of honey. It is better to user shorter
durations as you want to make sure you do not boil the honey. Use
CAUTION with this approach. Honey can heat quickly and you don't want
to get burned.