What is the Best Way to Store Honey?
Honey is a staple in kitchens around the world. It’s the ideal superfood that also serves as a natural sweetener for foods and beverages. Best of all, organic raw honey never goes bad and it’s very easy to store.
How to Store Honey After Opening?
Honey is one of the easiest foods to store in your home, even after you open it. Simply keep it in a cool location away from direct sunlight in a tightly sealed container. It’s always recommended that you use the container the honey arrived in, as that was sealed properly for transportation from the hive to your home. However, any glass jar with a lid or food-safe plastic container will work.
If you can’t find a lid for your open container of honey, you can even use 100% beeswax wraps to seal the top of your container to keep your honey fresh. Beeswax wraps are great for packing school lunches, storing food, and wrapping produce and leftovers.
Do I Have to Refrigerate My Open Honey?
There is no need to refrigerate your honey. It’s far easier to handle your honey if you don’t cool it in the refrigerator. Although it won’t hurt your honey, cold temperatures can cause your honey to solidify. When your honey solidifies, it makes it difficult to use. For example, it’s hard to spread cold honey.
Avoid Moisture and Heat
Whether you’ve opened it or not, normal room temperature is ideal for storing honey. Both heat and moisture are detrimental to honey. If your home tends to get warm, find the coolest space in your pantry to store the honey.
When honey is exposed to excessive sunlight or high temperatures, it can darken in color and lose its aroma and fresh flavor. Be sure to keep your honey away from the stove, sunlight, or any heat producing appliance. The best location to store honey is in the kitchen pantry at a temperature ranging between 10 and 21 degrees Celsius (50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit).
How to Fix Crystallised Honey?
Even if you store your honey perfectly, it may begin to crystalis. This is perfectly normal. Crystalised honey hasn’t gone bad or deteriorated in quality. Crystallisation is actually a sign of pure raw honey. If you notice crystallisation, you can let your honey sit in it’s sealed container in the natural sunlight or dip the container into hot water for a few minutes. This will help to warm the crystals into their natural liquid state.
Just be sure you don’t leave it in the sun or warm water for too long. When honey becomes too warm or hot it begins to pasteurize, which can kill the nutrients locked inside. In fact, when honey reaches temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius it starts to lose it’s natural healing properties.
Bee Baltic Honey
At Bee Baltic, we take pride in delivering pure, raw organic honey to our customers around the world. Our organic honey is unpasteurized and unfiltered so it retains all its delicious healthy nutritional properties. Whether it's for everyday use or as a special gift, there is a perfect jar of Bee Baltic raw honey for everyone!