Honey: Care, Storage, and Use:
* Honey will keep almost indefinitely as long as it is kept sealed and away from extreme heat.
* Bacteria will not grow in honey due to honey's low moisture content (18.6%) and the high sugars ratio.
* Keep the container closed tight; do not leave honey open to air as it will absorb moisture and increase it's moisture content
*Keep the jar contents clean, do not use a utensil which has other foods on it, as the utensil will contaminate the container of honey.
*Liquid Honey- - Should be kept at warm room temperature, away from direct heat & sun.
Most honey will naturally granulate/crystallize over time, some faster than others due to the floral nectar source. In many countries this is desired and considered proof that the honey has not been over heated in processing. If honey has solidified and you want it back in a liquid state, place jar in a covered container with hot (not boiling) water for about a half hour. DO NOT microwave or place on a stove top or flame. Use caution with plastic jars, as they may melt and shrink if the water is too hot.
*Granulated Honey- Can be kept in the refrigerator
*Honey comb- best cut at room temperature, as the wax becomes brittle when cold; keep sealed
*Cooking with Honey:
Use pure honey for up to HALF the granulated sweetener in a recipe
Reduce the liquid in the recipe by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used.
Add about 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for each cup of honey used.
Reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent over-browning.
For easy measuring and clean-up, coat measuring cup or spoon with cooking spray before adding honey.
* For further info see: http://www.bjcp.org/mead/shelf.pdf
* National Honey Board info: http://www.honey.com/honey-at-home/honeys-natural-benefits/
* For detailed info about honey composition:
* Honey Recipes