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Postby peppercorn » Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:53 am

These are from the pantry. Stored where its cool and dark, roughly 3.5 to 4 years old, none have been opened, Only one is still liquid, the rest look like they are hardening. Am I storing these wrong? any ideas?

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Re: Honey

Postby valleygal » Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:29 am

Just crystallizing. This is normal. Heat in warm water to return to liquid form. I keep mine in wide mouth canning jars (no canning) just so I can scoop out what I want and also I prefer to heat in glass rather than plastic if I need to liquify. Honey does not go bad.
I have bought these, but having heard of adulterated honey that has been mixed with corn syrup and whatever, I am going to get my honey from now on from a local beekeeper.
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Re: Honey

Postby just/fine » Sat Feb 06, 2016 7:47 pm

The're fine ,I'm putting some of mine in smaller jars,for use and to barter with.
They'll be liquid gold
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Re: Honey

Postby peppercorn » Sun Feb 07, 2016 6:43 am

Thanks, that's good to know that I only have to warm them up. Your are right going to the source is always best.
These are far to valuable for trade.....I have a recipe for honey, and apple juice champagne that I am eager to try when I get back into brewing again.
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Re: Honey

Postby valleygal » Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:33 am

May I suggest you transfer what is still liquid into smaller jars. Those big plastic containers take forever to liquify in warm to hot water.
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Re: Honey

Postby peppercorn » Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:38 am

Yes, good Idea, at 6+pounds in each container that's a lot to warm up.
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Re: Honey

Postby Goldie » Sat Feb 13, 2016 5:53 am

Previously the honey I bought in the fall did not crystallize before I used it up during last winter

The batch I am working on now , 4 big GLASS bottles, I bought this past fall, and it has all crystallized.

Not sure I want to buy these big bottles again , but the price is better

I found you can get local honey at the farmers market. I would not buy the stuff in the grocery store.
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Re: Honey

Postby Novaprepper » Sat Feb 13, 2016 7:32 pm

You can buy organic honey at our local farmers markets but it's pricey. Worth it though.
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Re: Honey

Postby farmgal » Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:28 pm

I get mine in 1 liter jars and just found a new supplier, local, raw and its pumpkin flower honey very different in flavor.. I like it, already have my order in for 2016, very reasonable price
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Re: Honey

Postby OddDuck » Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:32 pm

I started bee keeping 3 years ago. I have lost one hive already this winter and have my fingers crossed for the remaining two. My goal is ten hives so the bees can produce enough honey to winter feed themselves, supply honey for me and also replace their losses; having some extra honey to sell would also be nice. I will be buying two more nucs this spring and hopefully get some splits off my colonies. Hope springs eternal for the honey pot. Dandelion and tree foil makes for some lovely lemony flavoured honey.
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