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Old 04-05-2013, 07:21 AM
67java89 67java89 is offline
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How to keep honey from crystalizing?

When I buy honey it looks like a beautiful golden liquid. After I use it a few times (less than a month in the cupboard) it crystalizes and I can't even get it out of the jar or bottle. Why does it do this and is there a way to stop it? I just had to waste a bunch of honey.
Old 04-05-2013, 07:31 AM
Ferret Herder Ferret Herder is offline
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Gently heat the jar/bottle to melt the crystals down to liquid honey again. You can do this in small sequences in the microwave, or by boiling some water in a pan on the stove and lowering the bottom of the honey bottle into the water enough to melt the crystallized parts. (Make sure to not melt a plastic bottle in the process.)
Old 04-05-2013, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by 67java89 View Post
I just had to waste a bunch of honey.
Did you throw it away? As said, it's pretty easy to uncrystalize honey in the microwave or stovetop and it doesn't affect the taste in any way.
Old 04-05-2013, 07:55 AM
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If you can store it in a warmer spot that should keep it from crystallizing. Perhaps in a cupboard above the stove?
Old 04-05-2013, 09:14 AM
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Make sure the bottle is sealed tightly, and store it in a warm place.

If you regularly find crystals, consider getting a mason (glass canning) jar, and when you buy honey in the normal plastic containers, immediately transfer it over to the mason jar. That way whenever it starts to crystalize, you can just heat the jar in a pan of hot water until they're gone again. Plastic doesn't really like being repeatedly heated up, and to decrystalize really needs water that hits right at the edge of melting plastic.

I hope you didn't already throw it away, it was perfectly good honey!
Old 04-05-2013, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Telemark View Post
Did you throw it away?
Yeah, good god, I hope not. Honey crystallizing is perfectly normal and usual. There's nothing wrong with honey that is crystallized. As everyone has already said, just warm it back up and you're golden.
Old 04-05-2013, 11:37 AM
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stick the honey jar in your armpit.
Old 04-05-2013, 12:17 PM
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If you buy something like fireweed honey, it doesn't crystallize, or at least it takes a hell of a lot longer to do so.
Old 04-06-2013, 01:16 AM
Jeff Lichtman Jeff Lichtman is offline
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Creamed honey has less tendency to crystallize. Actually, it's already crystallized, but the crystals are so small that they don't cause the honey to become gritty or chunky.

Also, as Chefguy says, some honeys tend to crystallize more than others. Here is a discussion of honey crystallization that has a list of different types of honey and how fast they crystallize (Warning: PDF).
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