Everything There Is to Know About Conserving Honey

As we know, it is thanks to bees that we have the privilege of enjoying the sweet, natural treat known as honey. In fact, honey has often been the only sweet food available for various cultures throughout history. There is quite a process that takes place to produce the gooey substance before it can be harvested from a hive, starting with pollen on flower petals and ending with its secretion from our little insect friends. And here, we are going to look at how to make your honey last after all of that work that went into making it.

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It is worth noting that there has never been more reason to take care of our honey rations. This is because bees around the world are at risk of becoming extinct.  A lot of the reasons for this are climate change and human activity. If they are gone, not only will we lose out on honey, but many ecosystems will also be negatively affected.

How to Store Honey

Let’s start with the basics. Honey should be stored at room temperature. Contrary to what many believe, the refrigerator is not the best place to leave your honey. Also, make sure you don’t leave near heat sources such as the radiator. It is always recommended to use a glass jar as a container, complete with a lid.

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After some time, honey tends to crystalize. This process is actually a way to prove that honey is 100 percent natural. You can reverse this process, though, by heating up your honey. However, never exceed 45 degrees Celsius, as this will start to kill the vitamins and enzymes stored in the honey. Heating it in the microwave for about 5 seconds should do the trick.

When it comes to shelf life, honey can remain fresh for up to three years. This will hold true if the honey is stored in a dry and cool location. Also, always make sure your glass jar is sealed airtight to extend the shelf-life of your honey. Any leaks will result in your honey beginning to ferment.

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