Tips for Storing Honey to Prevent Crystallization
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Honey lasts longer than jams and jellies. Unfortunately, improper storage may cause this natural sweetener to thicken and crystallize, albeit it crystallizes naturally over time.
Honey is edible for years without being stored in a special place, as long as the changes are not signs of fermentation. It is also safe to consume even if the consistency is getting thicker or crystallized, yet some may find it less enjoyable.
Here are simple ways to store honey as recommended by a certified master beekeeper, Nick Hoefly, as quoted from Express.co.uk.
Changes in flavor and taste
Honey has no expiration date, but most manufacturers label it with a shelf life of two years, which is the best time to consume it. With proper storage, there is no need to rush the consumption.
“Honey stored in sealed containers can remain stable for decades. However, the flavor and aroma may change or diminish with age, or it can crystallize,” Hoefly told Express.
Therefore, it is recommended that honey be stored at room temperature, especially in a closed cabinet away from direct sunlight, to extend its shelf life. Hoefly emphasized that honey is not like other spreads in which the quality can be maintained when they are stored in the refrigerator.
Cold temperatures, he added, would actually speed up the crystallization of honey, especially those containing more glucose than fructose.
This storage rule is different for European thick honey products. They are made of 100 percent pure honey and are already crystallized so cold storage would not be a problem.