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

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 jar 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 would think you could.

Many people in the comments also recommend just throwing your container of crystallized honey in the dishwasher and letting it sit through cycles until it is back to normal! Just make sure it is closed tightly so it doesn't leak :)

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 whole jar. I recommend having the water level up to the level of the honey if you can. Also, it is good to avoid having the jar sit on the bottom of the pan by using a trivet as sharpstick suggested in the comments. If you use an asparagus pot, it already has a nice basket in it you can put the jar on :)

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 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 de-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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fitz.pock

3 months ago

OPPOSITE PROBLEM (solved): I have my own bee hives, and I love crystallized honey but unfortunately my honey would not crystallize all by itself. I tried everything, like putting it into fridge or freezer or even a dehydrator - no success. Nobody on the internet really had a solution to my problem since everybody's honey seems to crystallize automatically.

The solution finally came when my kids were so messy with a jar of honey and left it contaminated with foreign foods like butter, bread crumbs, peanut butter. Then, nobody touched that jar anymore and it sat in the fridge for a few month and finally, finally crystallized. So now all I have to do is mixing a fresh liquid jar of honey with a couple spoons of crystallized honey and leave it in the fridge for a couple of weeks to get it crystallized.

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Penolopy Bulnickfitz.pock

Reply 3 months ago

I'm glad you were able to figure out how to get the honey the way you wanted it :)

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BuschB

5 months ago on Step 2

There's no experation date on honey. I've seen honey crystallized from 1980's and when I found it it was 2011.

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dragon fllyer

Tip 5 months ago

The microwave works fine too, but either way I just let it half liquify, stirring quite often, to produce creamed honey; much less messy than liquid honey, and much better for spreading on toast or whatever. I've never found a problem with repeating this process whenever needed.

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dave.maunder

5 months ago

Quite a few comments about not heating honey over 40 degrees c.

Slightly confused: In nature what happens in beehives in the Aussie mid summer when it hits 44+ degrees very easily in some parts? 47 here last year. Does all the honey then just naturally cook and lose all of its enzymes within the beehive ?

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7130ImkeR

5 months ago on Step 3

Heating crystallized honey will certainly get it back to a more liquid state, at least for a while and there are many ways to so. But please ensure that the method you choose does not allow the temperature of the honey to go above 40 degrees C. Most of the beneficial enzymes in honey do not survive temperatures above this value. Alternatively buy honey with a low glucose content. It will not crystalize for a long time. However much of the lower priced liquid honey in supermarkets has been heated to 80 degrees C and micro-filtered to remove all crystallization nuclei, turning it into just sugar syrup.

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LindyD3

Tip 5 months ago

The water should be no hotter than 110 or 112. Any hotter than that and you will destroy the natural health benefits.

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Microbe

Tip 5 months ago

A microwave will do the job, but do not place the plastic container with honey in a microwave with the top sealed. Remember to open it or you will have a microwave with an interior coating of your now molten honey. Trust me on this :P

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John Sphar

5 months ago

I'm a beekeeper as well and I re-iterate my colleagues' mention of not heating honey over 140 degrees to prevent the destruction of beneficial enzymes and such. I have found a great way to deal with crystalized honey. Closed cars can become quite hot from the Sun. At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees. I have found this a great way to gently liquify crystalized honey. You do have to monitor the inside temperature, as you can go above 140 at higher outside air temperatures and in direct sunlight.

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MikeM272

5 months ago

I just leave my honey in the sunlight and it rejuvenates perfectly.

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SteveN147

5 months ago

Don't use the microwave, It kills all the GOOD bacteria in the honey, and you end up with a dead sweet simi-fluid substance. Tast's good though !!!!

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rocketree2000

5 months ago

We put the jar in a plastic bag and then drop it in the hot tub overnight. The water is just right to convert it back and you don't have anything but a plastic bag to put away when done.

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JohnR532

5 months ago on Step 1

There is a much easier way. Seal up the jar, bottle, or whatever, and put it in the top rack of your dishwasher. After you run it, the honey will be back to normal!

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shantamcbain

5 months ago on Step 3

Good post. I would like to add that you never want to raise the honey higher than 120° f. To do so damages the enzymes. If you got the honey from a commercial source this will not be an issue as most packaging houses. Are allowed to bottle at 140°f killing all the enzymes. One reason you need to know your beekeeper.

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sawdustagain

5 months ago

Once the honey is in the glass jar, consider using plastic lids instead of the two-part canning lids. They are easier to mange.

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