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Does honey go bad?

A while back, the question arose, «does honey go bad?», and I decided to do some research.

Of course, if you keep any food long enough, you start thinking about how long it will keep and when it will spoil. The same goes for honey.

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How to store honey

The room temperature is perfectly fine, so a kitchen cabinet is the best choice. A cupboard in the pantry will also work, but the honey will crystallize faster. The same happens in the fridge.

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How long does the honey keep?


honey (unopened or opened)

Remains fine indefinitely

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Does honey go bad?

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When the water content in the honey increases (which happens when the honey absorbs enough water from the environment), some yeast can live in it. When they develop in the honey, they produce alcohol and the honey ferments.

Once again, this situation is extremely rare, but to give you all the information you need, know that it is technically possible.

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Honey FAQ

What to do if honey crystallizes

Liquefying honey is not that difficult. There are several ways you can do this:

  • Place the opened jar in warm (not boiling) water and stir.
  • Microwave in the pot at short intervals (15-30 seconds), stirring after each session.
  • Scoop as much honey as needed into a glass bowl with a spoon. Place this glass bowl in warm (not boiling) water. This method is much quicker than liquefying the whole jar, but it also requires a bit more cleaning. I usually use this method when preparing honey for my baking projects.
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Revitalizing the honey multiple times could contribute to the loss of flavor and change in color. For this reason, it’s probably best to only liquefy as much honey as you need at one time.

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