Don’t Throw Away That Crystallized Honey!

by Tammy Taylor

I’ve heard that consuming local honey daily is good for seasonal pollen allergies.  I don’t enjoy the thought of putting a spoon of drippy sweet honey in my mouth.  If eating local honey is good for allergies, I might as well enjoy it stirred into my own homemade yogurt  along with a handful of berries for breakfast.  For that reason I always make my yogurt unsweetened and add the sweetener as I stir in the berries.  Anyhoo, I buy my local honey in large glass jars (yep, I hate those plastic honey-bears of honey)  But occasionally crystals will form in the honey making it too thick to pour.  No worries, since my honey’s in a glass jar it’s easy to bring my precious honey back  to pourable sweetness.

Honey is said to be the only food with NO expiration date. Don't throw that honey away when crystals form - save your honey for years! #TaylorMadeHomestead

It’s hot in Texas during the summer and I enjoy using solar power in many ways.  Today I’ll use it to gently heat my jar of honey to melt & dissolve those crystals.  I place my honey jar on our picnic table on a hot sunny day and just wait.  The sun heats the jar slowly and as it does those crystals dissolve back into the honey  Voila!  The honey has returned to it’s sweet pourable former self.

It’s said honey is the only food that has NO expiration date so don’t throw that crystallized honey away, slowly heat the glass jar and save it.  In the past I’ve heated some water on the stove (not boiling), turned off the heat and slowly lowered my room-temperature honey jar into the water to melt the crystals.  Extreme temperature changes are not good for glass & I’ve always been afraid to get the water too hot so I always err on the side of caution when I was using this method.  But using solar energy is not only an environmentally-friendly method of heating but it also removes that fear of extreme temperature changes so it’s my go-to method these days.

Having said this, those plastic honey bears tend to melt when they get too warm so I can’t vouch for crystallized honey contained in plastic.  You can take a preemptive step now though, if you currently have honey in a plastic bottle why not transfer it to a clean glass jar right now while it’s still pourable?  Any clean glass jar will do and you’ve just practiced the art of repurposing.  Pat yourself on the back for your environmental moxxy and enjoy that honey for years to come!

~TMH~

 

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53 thoughts on “Don’t Throw Away That Crystallized Honey!

  1. Margy

    In the winter we always have pots of water on top of the woodstove. We use the water for washing and dishes. If my honey crystallizes I just take the lid off and float the jar in the warm water. Mine is in a plastic container and it has been warmed this way many times. I don’t use a lot of honey but always like to have some on the shelf. – Margy

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      That’s awesome, Margy. I always seem to melt some of the plastic when I try to warm it in a plastic bottle – dang I’m probably like a bull in a china closet with it though! LOL ~TMH~

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  2. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

    Hot water does a good job too – great post! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner link up.

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  3. Elaine

    Great Tip!! I have used the microwave before in a few increments at a time…but I like the idea of the sun doing for you!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Hope to see you again this week!! Have a great week!! Pinned!

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  4. Sue @ Frugal Gifts 2 Give

    What a Great tip! It has happened to me and I will definitely do this the next time! Thanks for sharing on Happiness is Homemade Party Link!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I think crystallized honey has happened to all of us at one time or another, Sue. As long as your honey’s in a glass jar there are easy remedies! ~TMH~

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  5. Janet Vinyard

    I like the idea of using solar power rather than the microwave to de-crystallize the honey! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

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  6. Omi at TBJRoadshow Podcast

    I used to LOVE the little bears, but I’ve managed to crack a few of them, which causes quite a mess in the cabinets to clean up. I just moved to New Mexico and am enjoying local honey here, which is all in glass jars. But I can’t figure out a clean, easy way to use it without getting honey all over the outside of the jar or all over my hands and my plate….

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I know what you mean about the convenience of the tiny spout on the honey bears, but I’d think you could still store in glass without the mess if you had one of these –> http://amzn.to/1LB5PcA (affiliate link) That way you could still store your honey in glass and easily & cleanly serve it too.

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    2. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I know what you mean about the convenience of the tiny spout on the honey bears, but I’d think you could still store in glass without the mess if you had one of these –> http://amzn.to/1LB5PcA (affiliate link) That way you could still store your honey in glass and easily & cleanly serve it too.

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  7. Susan Mead

    Brilliant! Thanks for sharing. Bet my dad knows that as he kept bees. Sometimes we don’t learn everything from our parents tho – like this brilliant trick!

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  8. Tracy @ Our Simple Homestead

    For the first time last year, I had honey start to turn, but like you said it was so easy to fix! The sun idea is great! I set my quart jar in a pan of boiling water and it only took a few minutes to soften back up. Thanks for sharing it on today’s Blog Hop! http://oursimplelife-sc.com/our-simple-homestead-blog-hop-21/

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  9. Cheryl

    I have had great success just setting the container of honey with the lid tightly shut, on the top rack of the dishwasher when I washed the dishes. Came out like new!

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  10. Kathy

    Great tips – I just adore honey and all it’s goodness! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday, Kathy

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  11. Meredith Wouters

    Such a simple and effective idea! I have some crystallized honey at the back of my pantry that I was just wondering if I should throw away. Thanks for saving me from myself!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      LOL Meredith! I’ve used crystallized honey by the spoonful to sweeten hot drinks or tea as well. ~TMR~

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  12. Lindsey

    This is so great to know! With two honey crazy kiddos our honey doesn’t have much time to crystalize, but I’m glad to have a trick up my sleeve when it eventually happens:) Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Bog Hop!:)

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  13. Shelly

    This is my first time visiting your blog, I’m enjoying it! 🙂 That’s a neat idea to melt it in the sun, I will have to try it out. I have a bunch that’s crystallized on me.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Shelly, in the heat of a NE Texas summer I’m all about keeping that heat outside where it belongs! LOL Plus solar energy is free and that appeals to me as well. So glad you stopped by! ~TMR~

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  14. Laurie S.

    I also get my local honey by the quart. I split it into 2 pint jars. One goes in the cupboard, the other in the freezer. The bee lady told me to store in the freezer or the cupboard, never the frig. When the pint is low, I take the one from the freezer and let thaw on the counter. If I don’t eat the pint fast enough, I put the jar in the pan and then heat the water. LOVE honey!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Me too Laurie! Especially when you can get local honey, I just like to support the local beekeepers. ~TMR~

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  15. Gentle Joy

    I warm mine up with warm water… and I also am careful not to overdo the heat… I don’t want to kill any of those wonderful enzymes. After reading your post, I am wondering WHY I have never thought to use solar heat to do this… so simple, yet I never thought of it. Thank you. 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      It gets so hot here in NE Texas I’m always looking for a way to keep that heat OUTSIDE where it belongs. LOL ~TMR~

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  16. Sage R.

    I use honey mixed with apple cider vinegar as a facial a couple times a month. Recently my honey bear started to crystallize, so today I warmed it for a few seconds in the microwave, and continued with my facial regimen, but this time the crystallized honey worked as a scrub as I removed it from my face. Leaving my skin even more soft than the normal regimen.

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  17. Lisa Lynn (@lisalombardo5)

    Guilty admission…I eat the crystallized honey right out of the jar with a spoon. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing on The Creative Home & Garden Hop! I can’t wait to see what you share today 🙂

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Lisa Lynn, I can certainly understand that – just because it doesn’t pour doesn’t mean it can’t be eaten,right?? It’s just honey-flavored sugar – YUM! ~TMR~

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  18. Melanie @ carmelmoments.com

    I just poured my honey into a glass jar yesterday to rid of crystallization. I just zapped it for a bit in the microwave. I’ve used set the container in warm water too liquify it again. Never thought of just setting out in the sun though.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Melanie, Good for you – I think getting honey out of that plastic jar & into something glass is the first thing, at least you can deal with it then. Man I hate those plastic honey bear containers! LOL ~TMR~

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  19. Kathi

    I’ve heated it in a pan of water before but using the sun’s power is genius! I live in Oklahoma and can do the same thing here. For some reason my local beekeeper sells honey in plastic jars and it crystallizes so much more quickly in plastic. I’ve started pouring it into glass when I bring it home now. Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you’ll join us again this Thursday.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Kathi, taking it out of the plastic jar is half the battle. In glass it can be dealt with, in plastic if it crystallizes, well, YOU know! ~TMR~

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  20. Barb @ A Life in Balance

    I love your resourcefulness! I never would have thought of using the sun to warm up the honey. Thanks for linking up to Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      It’s a big problem for us as well Michelle. We use honey frequently but we buy it in such large quantities that the bottom of the jar is likely to begin crystallizing before we empty the jar. ~TMR~

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  21. Linda @ A La Carte

    I have some honey I need to work with and so I’m glad to see your advice here. Thanks for linking to TTF!

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  22. Jeannie Marie & Company

    So glad to learn that you can save the honey. I’m feeling pangs of regret for my past wastefulness.

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  23. Lori D.

    Ha! Honey doesn’t last long enough in my house to crystallize! My husband and daughter both eat it right off the spoon! And I mix a small cup of water, 2 tsps Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, and 1 tsp of honey for all of us every night and we drink it for the many, many health benefits it provides!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Lori, I eat honey pretty often, but I buy it locally in very large glass jars so occasionally it will crystallize before it’s all consumed. But you’re right – Healthy!! ~TMR~

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  24. Zoe @ecothrifty

    I have a massive tub of crystallized honey, but I don’t live in a hot country. I do have a sunny conservatory though, so might try that. Thanks for the tip!

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Zoe – Maybe place your crystallized honey in a lidded glass jar & place the jar on the dashboard of your car on a sunny day? Heat inside a closed-up car can really jump & I’ve heard of people using that for heating up various things. Just a thought… ~TMR~

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  25. Candy C.

    “I don’t enjoy the thought of putting a spoon of drippy sweet honey in my mouth” WHAT?!? Dang, I love licking the honey off the spoon! LOL!! I also buy local honey in quart jars but I actually transfer it to a ‘honey bear’ to make it easier to measure for my baking. I was having trouble holding and pouring from the big jar with my slowly progressing arthritis. 🙁

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      That certainly makes sense Candy that you would put a smaller quantity of honey into an easier-to-handle squeeze jar. As long as it doesn’t hold the honey long enough to crystallize you’re accomplishing the task at hand. (yes, pun intended! LOL) ~TMR~

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