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BEE Smart! - Honey and Bee Fun Facts - Part 2!

jar of crystallized honey

My honey has crystallized!
What does that mean? 

It means you have yourself some real, authentic, natural honey. All honey made by honeybees will crystalize at some point. It depends on what type of nectar the bees used to make your honey. Different trees and flowers have different types of nectar that affect the color, taste and crystallization of the honey. The main thing to remember is that honey never goes bad. It is the only food product that doesn’t. Honey has been found in the tombs of pharaohs that is still edible today.

You can still use the crystallized honey, in fact, some people think it is easier to use this way. But if you would like to get your honey back to its liquid state, follow these simple steps.

NEVER microwave your honey. Lots of reasons why - especially if it is in a plastic container. This is dangerous because honey heats up fast and can melt or explode its container. Also microwaves (or heating it up too hot) can destroy the natural benefits of enzymes and antibacterial properties that make honey a super food.

Do this instead (preferably in a glass container):
1. Set a pot of water on the stove with enough water to reach the shoulders of your honey container.
2. Bring the water to almost a boil. Until you see little bubbles coming up from the bottom.
4. Place the honey container into the water and cover it with a lid or towel.
5. Let it set (off the heat) until the water cools.
6. The above process may have to be repeated if there are still crystals.

Enjoy your honey!! No matter what form it’s in!