Introduction: How to Decrystallize Honey

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Honey is delicious. Smooth and sweet. If it sits in your cupboard too long, it could start to crystallize. This doesn't mean it is bad, you just need to fix it, decrystallize it. It is very easy to do, and doesn't take that long.

Step 1: Supplies

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Not much is needed to fix your crystallized honey.

  • Crystallized Honey
  • Glass Jar (if honey is in a plastic container) - cover is optional and if you use one, make sure you don't put it on the car very tight, keep it loose
  • Saucepan / Pot / an Asparagus Pot also works GREAT for this as it will use much less water
  • Stove
  • Water

We will be using the stove top, I do not know if you can use a microwave to do this, but I wouldn't think so.

Step 2: Move to Glass Jar and Heat

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If your honey is in a plastic jar, move it into a glass one. You need to be able to put it in a pan of water on the stove. I used a knife to stab the crystallized honey and scooped out what I could with a spoon that fit through the mouth of the container.

Once it is transferred to the glass container, put it in a pot of water on the stove. Now turn the stove on to low to medium heat. You want it barely simmering, no boiling [mine got a bit too hot at one point (started to try to boil)and the jar was trying to dance around in the pan so I turned it down until it stopped doing that]. Do not submerge the jar. You don't need all of the honey submerged either.

Note: If you put the lid on, like I did, make sure it isn't super tight, you want to make sure air can escape and the jar doesn't explode.

Let it sit in the water for 20-30 minutes. Feel free to stir it as it sits there to help it along (probably don't want a lid on if you are going to stir it). I think mine was there for 35, but I was just being careful since it was my first time doing it. You can just set a timer and let it sit if you want. I used a tongs to lift my jar up once in a while and swish the honey around to watch its progress.

Once you no longer see any crystals forming, you can turn it all off and take the jar out to cool. Your honey shouldn't recrystallize, but if it starts too, you can heat it up again on the stove until it looks right, then move it to a bowl of warm water. This will prevent it from cooling too fast.

I don't know how old of honey it will work on, but if my label is right, my honey is 4 years old and I was still able to crystallize it. Don't judge. It's just sugar.

Step 3: Enjoy Your Honey

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Now you can take those leftover KFC biscuits you have been wanting to eat for the last few hours and finally enjoy them with honey.


shellirosa (author)2016-01-26

My kids won't eat crystallized honey because of the texture so this is where I make my flu season medicine. Put the crystallized honey in a blender and add lemon juice from fresh lemons, minced garlic and a couple pinches of thyme.blend until liquid is milky looking. Put in a glass jar and refridgerate. You can play with the quantity of each ingredient to taste. Then keep in the refridgerator. Its good for about a year so it pretty much covers things like flu, sore throats, coughs and chest infections. Two tablespoons every four hours usually does the trick and the kids don't mind the taste. For adults you can also add ginger as most kids don't like that ingredient because it makes the blend have a more hot and spicy taste but it does make it more powerful and effective. Each ingredient has medicinal properties.

That sounds like a great use of crystallized honey! Thanks for sharing it :)

MomShoots (author)2017-01-03

After decrystallizing honey, add a smidge of
powdered Alum & it won't crystallize afterwards. About 1/2 t per cup.
It's the same thing you add to keep dill pickles snappy when you pickle

I'd never heard that before. Thanks for sharing the tip!

MichaelM803 (author)2016-06-22

Here's an interesting use, I was making a Hawaiian Teriyaki marinade today and needed more honey, I reached for the half full bottle on the shelf and saw it had crystallized. The ingredients for the marinade include pineapple juice which seems to be the only liquid that quickly breaks down the honey into a watery mix, so I added some to the bottle and shook it for a bit. Voila! I had enough honey mix for the recipe! It has a limited use but it is interesting that pineapple juice break the honey down.

That is really cool. I did not know pineapple juice could do that to honey :) Thanks for sharing!

You can also do crystallized honey in the microwave it works just fine just takes seconds of course

sledford2 (author)2016-06-06

Honey doesn't go bad. They've found honey in Egyptian tombs and decrystallized it. It was still good thousands of years later!

JohnG227 (author)2016-01-06

I would think the top should be removed from the glass jar for safety.

Also, I should mention that you don't want the lid on super tight if you are going to have the lid on at all. You need to make it a little loose so the air can get in/out so the jar doesn't explode.

I wondered about that, but the jar and top I used is meant to be used for canning so they are usually boiled. I think it should be alright, but if you're ever worried, just leave it off. Better safe than sorry :)

alomsimoy made it! (author)2014-12-07

Works great! Thank you for the tip :)

Glad to see it all worked out! I never really know if it will work for others or if I was just very lucky!

It should work for everyone, As long as they use real honey and not the fake ones that are plain sugar...

HOrdover (author)2015-10-29

if for some reason this doesn't work, try heating it as above (though my plastic honey bottles do fin at a medium-high setting so I don't need to do the glass thing) then let the honey cool in the pot. Take it off the stove and let it all come to room temp naturally (could take awhile, depending).

signalsoldier (author)2015-10-03

I was able to reanimate my honey by placing the plastic container in the water on a very low setting on my stove top. Took about 8 mins. Thanks for the post!

MarkT53 (author)2015-09-27

A microwave can be used, the key is low power. I had about 4 oz left in the plastic bottle, half crystallize. I used a power setting of 2 for 2 minutes in the plastic bottle, then stirred the mixture with a pharmacy spatula. It reverted to liquid honey, you can add a bit of water to replace what was lost over time.

pmk222 (author)2015-09-05

theoretically *REAL* honey should have an indefinite shelf life as it is a natural preservitive.

alaskanbychoice (author)2014-11-16

I've heard of honey being near 1000 years old still being edible.

Did research prove that to be true or did someone actually find 1000 year old honey?

It's true, apparently. The Smithsonian did a thing about it too.


Nice :) Thanks for sharing!

I can't say exactly when it was but I saw it on PBS a long time ago about the Pyramids. True or not I don't know but it's what they presented.

Ha! Awesome :)

Huscarl (author)2015-07-08

crystallized honey spread on bread to make a pbj or maybe a pbh? My favorite use for honey I actually get excited to find my honey crystalized.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)Huscarl2015-07-27

Tried it, mixed it with peanut butter on toast and loved it :)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)Huscarl2015-07-08

Sounds tasty :) I decrystallized this honey and then left it on my shelf untouched since then and it recrystallized so I'll have to try that!

Talbot_McKee (author)2015-06-25

I've gotta try this!

MarcB8 (author)2015-06-03

Why try to scoop out the hiney through the small opening? Use a knife (carefully ) to cut open the plastic bottle and scoop out with a spoon. Its not like youre going to reuse the plastic bottle.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)MarcB82015-06-03

Yep, that works great too. I'm just not a fan of destroying things and it was such a cute bottle :)

MandalorianMaker (author)2015-03-09

Good instructable this is how we do it at my house, my dad is a beekeeper.


Fikjast Scott (author)2014-12-01

thank you for sharing this idea

dhaneshg (author)2014-11-30

put it in some hot water for some time... it get melt

steve.moore (author)2014-11-25

We had a big 3lb bottle of honey that was half crystallized, so this turned into a great Saturday morning project with my daughter. She was fascinated by the process and loved spooning the crystallized honey out of the old jar. Thanks for the 'ible!

bricobart (author)2014-11-17

Welcome back! ;)

Oh, I never really left :) Just got lazier :P

TheDivineImpulse (author)2014-11-17

just put the jar in the microwave pereferably without the lid not because its metal because it is plastic coverd and things can happen wen it gets hot

Jobar007 (author)2014-11-17

Honey will crystallize on any existing crystal or impurity in your honey. If it is filtered and you keep it warm, it will want to stay liquid. Once you have "thawed" your honey, it will recrystallize faster than before. Being a hobby beekeeper, I just put my crystallized honey in a big jar that I'll use to feed out (if my wife doesn't pilfer my stash for delicious cookies).

JM1999 (author)2014-11-17

"Heating too far will destroy the delicate flavors of the honey, so you want to keep it under 150°F, It can sit in the bath water for a long time to dissolve the crystals. Microwaving is a bad idea, you will never be able to control the heat"

And the enzymes and the consistency forever and the nutrients and quite a few other things!

CapnChkn (author)2014-11-17

It's good advice. There are some things I want to clarify though. We've been keeping bees for close to 40 years and I'm the beekeeper in the family now.

Honey crystallizes through the seeding from pollen grains, bits of wax, the source of the honey, and age. It's not just sugar, it's actually the esters from the source flowers, some oils and other stuff. Mint honey is minty, for example. Sunflower and Goldenrod are known crystallizers,

Honey you get from the supermarket is actually filtered so the honey doesn't crystallize on the shelf, which is why the "local and raw" labels. Grocery store honey does little to help with pollen allergies.

Heating too far will destroy the delicate flavors of the honey, so you want to keep it under 150°F, It can sit in the bath water for a long time to dissolve the crystals. Microwaving is a bad idea, you will never be able to control the heat.

Crystallized honey is sold in the form of "Creamed Honey." The size of the crystals are carefully controlled so the texture of the honey is smooth and easily spread on toast or cornbread. There's an instructable here for that.

Honey is actually mildly antiseptic. It contains yeast; the bees use it to break down the shell of the pollen grains, but in general will keep as long as it remains about 18% water. It doesn't go "bad," but the flavors and color change.

I really enjoy your Minecraft instructables! Thank you!

More Cowbell (author)CapnChkn2014-11-17

These comments are spot on.

turbobug (author)2014-11-17

I have found the after baking put the GLASS jar on a pan in to a 350 oven for 10 min turn off oven let oven cool. Make sure all crystals have liquified. Basic chem/physics Going from a liquid to a solid is instant if you have a seed crystal to build on. Any crystals on the side or top that fall into the honey will start the whole mass turning into crystals. Before selling my honey at a christmas show i place it into a cooler with a 25 watt bulb overnight to make sure all the crystals are gone.

bricobart (author)2014-11-17

Welcome back! ;)

radiograf (author)2014-11-17

Yes, you can use a microwave.

tim_n (author)radiograf2014-11-17

+1 for microwave. Much easier. If it's in a glass jar, you just bung the whole thing in. I usually use a cup though, I think it affects the flavour if you do this a lot. Set honey however is nice on toast.

tim_n (author)tim_n2014-11-17

Just so you're aware, in a microwave you need about 10-20 second bursts checking it. Sugar comes out absolutely molten so try not to burn yourself.

brv967 (author)2014-11-17

I leave mine in the window on hot days,

MattTheMaker (author)2014-11-17

Thank you I didn't know this was a thing that could be done!

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