Your Guide To Liquefying Honey
Don't freak out if you see crystals in your honey. It's a naturally occurring process that’s totally normal. Honey in its crystalline form is still perfectly edible and tastes great, but if you prefer honey in its liquid form, liquifying honey is as easy as warming it.
When honey crystals form, you may melt them by warming the honey. Yet, take caution. Raw honey loses its flavor and many of its health advantages if it is heated too much during the decrystallization process.
Melting the raw honey in a glass jar over low, indirect heat at a steady temperature will maintain the honey's natural flavor and nutritional value.
Why Does Honey Crystallize
Pure, raw honey crystallizes naturally over time as the sugar “precipitates out” of the solution into crystal form. Honey is made up of glucose and fructose. Different honey varieties have different ratios of these sugars, which means different kinds of honey crystallize at different rates.
How To Liquefy Honey
Here’s how to liquefy honey.
The first thing you need to do is put your honey in a ceramic or glass container. It’s preferable to use glass or ceramic, but it’s okay to use a HDPE plastic container too if you’re using low heat.
The next thing you should do is bring some water to a temperature of 35 to 40 degrees Celsius (95 to 104 Fahrenheit). You can also use a sous vide cooker, an instant pot, or a kettle to make a warm water bath. Toss the honey jar and bowl into the hot water bath. The water line should be higher than the honey, but lower than the top of the jar. A honey jar or container should not be placed in a sink or other location where water might get inside.
In order to reliquify the honey, you need to leave the jar in the water and stir it regularly. A thermometer should be used to check the water's temperature, and hot or cold water should be added as needed to maintain a consistent 40 degrees Celsius or less.
How To Store Honey
Honey doesn't have a lot of water, so germs don't develop in it very quickly, but if you don't store it correctly, moisture may get in. It is best to store honey in its original container, and to replace the lid securely after each use to prevent spoilage from air and moisture. Honey may also be stored in glass jars with lids, provided the lids are airtight while the jars are not being used. Because of the risk of oxidation, honey should not be stored in non-food plastic containers or metal containers.