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1st. Question is about crystallized honey: Recently my husband purchased a bottle of honey from you.  When he got home, I opened it and put some on my oatmeal, it was yummy! I also like it on buttered toast! The bottle is about half empty and it has started to crystallize. Does this mean that the honey has gone bad? What should I do? Anne, from Covington.

Answer: Dear Anne, not at all. Our honey is pure, natural and unpasteurized honey and it will crystallize if given enough time. Some varieties quicker then others. Especially in the cooler months of the year. Some beekeepers specialize in selling their honey after it has crystallized. I have had some honey crystallize two weeks after it has been bottled and some doesn't for months. It is very hard to say when it is going to lock up. You can use it as a spread, like butter, or you can re-liquefy by warming it. This is very simple, you can do this two different ways.

1. The first process is for the 16oz. and 24oz.
squeezable plastic skep bottle:

First loosen the cap. Place the bottle in your microwave for 15 seconds. Open the microwave an see if it has started to soften. Place it back for 15 seconds more. At this point you should be able to get a fork or narrow spoon down into the honey and stir. Now place the bottle back for 15 seconds again, stir again. By this time the honey is really starting to become liquid. Keep repeating this process until it is fully liquefied. Make sure you stir between intervals to speed up the process. It should only take 3 to 6, 15 second intervals to complete the process. When completed the honey is going to be between 120° to 130, That's ok, you are not going to hurt the honey.

The bottle is manufactured to take heat up to 180 before it begins to distort. That is why we use this specific bottle, it is made for honey!  In order to keep your label looking fresh and unwrinkled, do not squeeze the bottle until it has cooled off.

Some microwaves get very hot, quick! You have to be the judge. If you think 10 second intervals would be better, then do 10 second intervals, stirring between.

2. The second procedure is for all types of bottles we sell, plastic or glass (Muth Jars).

Place the bottle of honey into an empty pot. Fill the pot with hot water until the jar or bottle is about 3/4 submerged. Now remove the bottle from the pot and place the pot on your stove. Heat the water to about 180. Now turn off the heat and place the bottle with the cap slightly loosened back into the pot and leave it in until cooled. You might have to repeat this process if the honey was fully crystallized before starting.

Again, in order to keep your label looking fresh and unwrinkled, do not squeeze the bottle until it has cooled off.

The first procedure in the microwave takes about 5 minutes over all. The second procedure on the stove will you take much longer, but is a very good technique. You decide which one is best for you.

When all else fails or you would feel better talking to someone before proceeding, you can call Robert and he will walk you through the process. Contact

2nd. Question is about crystallized honey: I went to the fruit stand to purchase a few items. Also on my list was Ponchatoula's Best Honey. I picked it up and noticed it was solid, like hard brown sugar. I wasn't sure what to do?  I saw your web address on your bottle, so is it ok to purchase? Is it old honey? Thanks for you time, Mary from Covington.

Answer: Hi Mary, you can be assured that the honey you had in your hand was fresh, new crop honey! That is the only type of honey we sell. Even though honey does not spoil, if stored properly, you just can't beat fresh, new crop honey! To answer your question about the honey being solid, like hard brown sugar, that is called crystallized honey. A natural occurrence with unpasteurized honey. If you understand how fresh foods work, buy it and when you get it home, refer to question and answer number 1 on how to bring your honey back to a liquid state. No matter when honey crystallizes, even several years after it is harvested, you would bring it back to a liquid state the same way. Remember, for absolute freshness, consume quickly! I hope this helps, enjoy!

 

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