One of the most frequent questions we get as honey producers goes something like this “how long does honey keep”, or “will honey go bad”, “when should I toss out my jar of honey”? These are great questions because most food items do have expiration dates as required by the food regulation industry. You wouldn’t purchase a carton of eggs without checking the dates, right? How about milk? Exactly! And you can’t consider drinking milk after it’s been in your fridge a month past the due date! But here’s the great news about honey and another reason honey is a perfect food! Honey NEVER goes bad. That’s right – it has no expiration date when it is created naturally.
There are few foods that have the shelf life of honey in its pure and raw state. Salt, rice and sugar each have extensive longevity, however honey is different in one major aspect. Only honey can be eaten in its natural form regardless of the time.
But…It Doesn’t Look Right
We get that comment a lot too. “I bought a jar of honey awhile back and it’s been in my pantry. It looks crystallized or something. Are you sure it’s still good?” Yes, quite sure. Our honey is pure and raw with no pesticides or other additives. We bring to our customers what our honeybees bring to us: natural, pure, raw honey that lasts a long, long time. And as long as you have kept your honey covered and not exposed to the open air, it’s still going to be good.
So, what to do when it looks like it’s hardened or crystallized? If your honey has crystallized, you can make it smooth and golden once again. Simply heat a pan of water with low heat. Remove the pan from the stove and place your honey jar inside. Never heat the honey itself. (Be sure to take the lid off your jar before placing it in the warm water).
How do they do that?
Honey bees are magical creatures. They take the pollen from the flowers into their hives and create one of the most perfect foods on the planet. Honey contains many minerals, vitamins and lots of water. For centuries honey has been used for healing on wounds, scratches and other skin abrasions. It’s an old home remedy that truly works. Honey works on burns, bug bites and even infections. Because it contains an enzyme that breaks down into hydrogen peroxide – an agent known to fight infection and block contaminants from entering the body, honey makes an effective antibiotic salve.
There’s a reason for that
Ever notice how many cosmetic products claim to be “honey” based? Next time you are in the drugstore or grocery store, take a stroll down the hair and body care isle. Most name brand shampoos and soaps have marketed some form of cleaning product that states it is “infused with” or “contains” honey. The reason for that is that honey is known to be great for skin and hair alike.
The good news is that the companies understand how much consumers value honey. The bad news is that most, if not all, of these products have very little honey in them. When you pick up the bottle of that soap or shampoo, you will notice that honey is way down the list of ingredients. Here is a popular example and it’s not the only one, by any means:
Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Dimethiconol, Glycol Distearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Glycerin, Carbomer, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Citric Acid, PPG-9, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, PEG-45M, Cocamide MEA, Propylene Glycol, Honey, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Benzoate, Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 33 (CI 17200).
How can you incorporate honey into your life?
It’s easy to use honey on a regular basis and get the benefits that are inherent with natural honey. Here are some ways to use our natural honey.
- A teaspoon a day of our local honey can help with seasonal allergies
- Add a teaspoon of honey to your hair once a month as a hair treatment rather than doing treatments made with chemicals
- Use our honey based soaps in your shower or bath for smooth as silk skin
- Keep honey on hand for scratches or wounds. Use honey to act as an antibiotic “bandaid”, keeping bacteria out and healing naturally
- Use our honey in recipes for natural sweetener rather than using processed sugars
- Make a true honey shampoo – there are many recipes for this on the internet so you can experiment using lemon, apple cider vinegar, lavender and more but they all use real honey as the main ingredient
For all of your honey needs, you can shop in our store online. We also have a number of locations that you can visit to get many of our products as well.
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