How to Decrystallize Honey

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Introduction: How to Decrystallize Honey

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

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

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

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.

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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 :)

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
them.

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

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

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

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.