Who doesn’t love honey? The natural sweetener is delicious, healthy, and incredibly easy to store. Here’s how to make the most out of your honey, honey!
What is Honey?
Honey is a sweet, viscous, golden liquid produced by bees using nectar from flowers. Honey is actually one of the world’s oldest foods—there are cave paintings depicting humans gathering honey from 8,000 years ago!
The surprisingly healthy ingredient is used in all sorts of ways: Spread it on your toast, stir it into your tea, or use it in your baked goods as a natural sweetener.
How Long Does Honey Stay Fresh?
Properly stored honey can remain safe for decades— but it starts to lose quality after one or two years. Honey that may be past its prime will become cloudy and begin to crystallize. This totally natural reaction doesn’t mean the honey is unsafe to eat, but it may not be as tasty as it once was.
Does Honey Go Bad?
Honey lasts a very, very, very long time. Its longevity can be attributed to its high sugar content (about 80 percent), low moisture content, acidity, and a special enzyme called glucose oxidase that suppresses bacteria growth. These factors create the perfect antimicrobial environment.
However, that doesn’t mean it never goes bad. Certain store-bought honey may be supplemented with water or added sweeteners, throwing off honey’s natural antimicrobial properties. Also, honey that has been stored improperly (open or not tightly sealed) may become contaminated and make you sick.
How to Freeze Honey
If you have a lot of honey to store, you may want to consider freezing it to prevent crystallization. It’s best to freeze honey in an ice cube tray so that you can thaw only what you need. To freeze honey:
How to Store Honey
Keep your honey fresh for as long as possible with these simple storage tips: