Has your honey ever crystallized, causing you to throw it away? It can be frustrating having to go back to the store to buy more jars earlier than you expected. Many people also assume that when honey has crystallized it has gone bad. This is not the case, and there’s an easy solution!
Why does honey crystallize?
Crystallization occurs due to the sugar molecules attaching to pollen particles or other small impurities in the honey. This process begins and continues until the entire container of honey is crystallized. The “speed” of crystallization depends on the flowers that the bees gather their nectar from, the temperature at which you store honey, and the honey’s original moisture content.
Containing more than 70% sugars and less than 20% water, honey is naturally an unstable super-saturated sugar solution. During crystallization glucose sugar, which is naturally pure white, separates from water and turns into crystals. That is why crystallized honey thickens, becomes more viscous, and sets a lighter color than when it is liquid.
Crystallization is a natural occurrence and it does not affect the quality of the honey; all the health benefits are still there.
The truth about honey crystallization and what to do if it does
The crystallization of honey is a misunderstood phenomenon. Many people associate crystallized honey with granulated table sugar. More than that, they assume that crystallized honey is poor quality, maybe even artificial. Some think that crystallized honey is fake and should be discarded. However, crystallized honey is just fine and still contains all of honey’s amazing superfood benefits. There’s absolutely no need throw it away.
Honey is best kept in an air-tight jar made of glass. Store it in room temperature, away from the sun or direct sunlight. Keeping honey in a cold environment and refrigerating it will cause granulation and a hard texture. On the other hand, high temperatures may cause flavor and color changes.
If your honey happens to crystallize, just heat it on a low setting for about 20 minutes or until it liquifies. It should be as good as new. Voila! No need to throw anything away and it saves you money in the long run.