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Why does honey crystallize and how do you make it liquid again?

Waarom kristalliseert honing en wat kan je doen om het weer vloeibaar te maken?

It's December, it's colder outside and you're longing for a nice hot cup of tea. Nothing tastes better than a hot cup of tea with honey . Unfortunately, the honey in the jar has crystallized. You can throw these away now, right? Wait a while, because after reading this article you will have liquid honey again.

Why is my honey crystallising?
Can you still eat crystallized honey?
What to do if honey crystallises?
How do you prevent honey from crystallising?
Where do you buy healthy honey?

Why is my honey crystallising?

You may find it very annoying if you find a jar of sugared honey in the cupboard, but crystallized honey is actually a sign that you are dealing with good, or pure, honey. Only pure honey, without unnecessary additives, crystallizes. But then why is my honey crystallizing? Honey consists largely of natural sugars, such as fructose and glucose. Glucose is the 'culprit' of the saccharified honey. Some honeys simply crystallize faster than others, because certain honeys contain a higher amount of glucose.

Can you still eat crystallized honey?

Many throw away honey the moment they see it has saccharified. This is actually a shame, because honey stays good for a very long time. The saccharification of honey is a natural process in which the honey continues to mature the longer it is stored. As mentioned, a characteristic of pure honey is that it crystallizes and that you are dealing with good honey. In addition, saccharifying honey is not an irreversible process, because you can easily make it liquid again.

What to do if honey crystallizes?

Liquifying saccharified honey is very easy. Honey that has crystallized returns to a liquid form when you heat it. The best way to do this is to place the jar of honey in a pitcher of warm, unboiled water. An ideal product for this is our double-walled melting can . The double-walled layer makes it easy to liquefy the honey au bain-marie.
Another way is to put the jar with the crystallized honey on the warm stove for a while. We do not recommend using the microwave to liquefy the sugared honey, as important nutrients can be lost in this way.

How do you prevent honey from crystallizing?

Prevention is better than cure. So it's nice to know that there are ways to slow down the crystallization of honey. It is not possible to prevent this completely, because it is a natural process.

• The saccharification of honey can be slowed down by storing the honey properly closed. When the jar or package is not properly closed, the honey is affected from the outside. Honey attracts moisture and this results in the honey saccharifying faster.
• Your jar of liquid honey will benefit if it is placed in a dark room with a constant, preferably low, temperature. Honey crystallizes fastest at a temperature of around 15 degrees Celsius.

Where can you buy honey?

You can buy the tastiest, pure honey easily and quickly online at Honingdirect . For questions about honey, quantities or other Honeydirect products, please contact us. We are happy to answer your questions and advise you expertly.

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