Caring for Your Honey

Honey remains safe to eat almost indefinitely, as long as you do not allow it to absorb moisture from the air. The high sugar concentration of honey makes it impossible for microbes to survive or reproduce.

Honey is a super-saturated solution of sugars. With a moisture content of less than 18.4%, the honey will attempt to absorb water at every opportunity, including water vapor from the air. Therefore, it is very important that you store honey in an air-tight jar. If you store your honey in a glass jar with a hole cut for a dipper, it is recommended that you cover the hole with an air-tight wrap when it is not in use. This will protect your honey from absorbing moisture.

All honey will crystallize, and this is not a sign that the honey is bad. Because we do not heat or filter raw honey, it may begin to crystallize within months of purchase. Crystallized honey is perfectly good to eat … you can spread it on toast or waffles and it is just as delicious with some texture. However, it can also be reconstituted to liquid form very easily.

To Liquify Crystallized Honey

The Asheville Bee Charmer web site gives excellent instructions on how to decrystallize honey :

The most important points are: don’t overheat the honey, don’t let it come into contact with water, and don’t try to heat in a plastic container.


Store honey in a cool dry place, ideally away from sunlight. Room temperature is fine.

An airtight container is the most important part of caring for your honey.

Do not refrigerate honey. Refrigeration temperatures will accelerate crystallization.