Honey is a food that doesn't spoil like other foods. When it becomes cloudy, though, people think it has spoiled and throw it away. The modern consumer is used to seeing golden and clear honey on the store shelves. Cloudy honey, however, is normal, often occurring in honey that hasn't been highly processed. Clouding is caused by crystallisation of the sugars and doesn't affect the taste or healthiness of the honey, the Tropical Blossom Honey Co. Inc. states. It's also reversible.
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Things you need
- Jar of honey
Loosen the lid to the honey jar.
Place the container in a pan of water on the stove. Turn the stove burner on low heat and gradually warm the honey. The water temperature shouldn't be above 50 degrees C/120 degrees F, according to the UrbanSweet Honey website.
Stir the honey with a spoon a few times as it warms. When the honey turns clear, remove it from the heat, replace the lid and store on a shelf or tabletop in your kitchen.
Tips and warnings
- It doesn't harm honey to store it in the refrigerator, but it isn't necessary and will make honey cloudy and, sometimes, develop graininess as it crystallises. Store honey at room temperature.
- You can also warm honey in your microwave, provided it is placed in a microwave-safe container and you use your microwave's lowest setting, according to the Beekman & Beekman website. If you choose to do this, leave it in for only 30 seconds at a time, removing the honey to stir it with a spoon and visually inspect it for clearness.
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