Here is my sad little bottle of crystallized honey. When your honey crystallizes it’s a nuisance but it doesn’t mean it’s gone bad. The sugar in the honey solidifies over time, it happens especially fast in cooler temperatures. Some kinds of honey with higher fructose will last longer but it’s inevitable once you open it. Don’t throw it away, honey is expensive and there are a couple of easy fixes.
You can still scoop out a spoon of crystallized honey to put in your tea or hot beverage, the crystals will melt in the hot liquid.
How to decrystallize honey? The secret is warming it up:
Set your bottle of honey in a small saucepan on the stove filled with water, slowly bring the heat up. As the water warms up around the bottle it will start melting the sugar crystals. Continue warming it, don’t let it boil. When the honey has completely liquified take it out of the water. It will be good to go again but keep it tightly sealed. Exposure to air will make it go back to the crystal form quickly.
The microwave is another option but you have to be very careful. Open the top of the bottle and put it in the microwave for 15-30 seconds, continue 15-30 second intervals and shake in between. You don’t want to just let it go for a long time without watching and stirring. It will heat up so fast and can burn you easily and melt the container compromising the integrity of the plastic.
Keeping it liquid:
It’s not going to stay liquid forever, it will crystallize again over time. The best thing you can do is to keep it tightly sealed, the less air exposure the better. Keeping it in a glass jar helps because it’s not as porous as plastic. It also makes the heating process easier the next time you have to heat it up again. Next time you buy one of the little plastic bears pour it into a glass mason jar or some kind of glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
A few tricks I want to share:
As long as we are talking about honey, here is a trick that I like to share. When you are trying to measure things like honey, peanut butter, cream cheese. It’s hard to scrape out the measuring cup or spoon and get the correct measurement.
To make it easier run hot water on the inside of the spoon or cup you are going to measure with. When it’s warmed up the food slides right off. This works great with scooping ice cream too. You might like my post How to Soften Brown Sugar that has Hardened. It’s a very similar problem and it also has an easy fix.
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