How To: Reliquify Honey

This may be old news for many, and a couple of quick web searches show plenty of good advice on this matter.  Still, I thought it was very cool when I actually tried it out so I thought I’d write it up.

Liquid honey tends to crystallize after a period of time, often much less time than  you will be able to consume all of it. The process for fixing this is quite simple:

  1. Find a container that the honey jar will fit into
  2. Put the honey jar in the container
  3. Fill the container with boiling water
  4. Wait
  5. Repeat until you’ve got completely liquid honey

I tend to wait about 10 minutes before repeating the cycle. It usually takes 2 or 3 cycles for me to render the entire honey jar liquid again.  If you stop before its done, it will much more quickly re-crystallize (days vs. weeks).  Sometimes I turn my jar upside-down to get full coverage.  Paper labels probably won’t make it past the first round of this (this explains why my jar is naked).

Here are a series of photos showing the process.

3 Responses to “How To: Reliquify Honey”

  1. Neeroc Says:

    LOL – your drowning honey bear was just the thing I needed to see this morning!

    I guess that’s why nuking it has to happen every morning then, I’m not doing a thorough enough job.

  2. Roo Says:

    They actually recommend against using the microwave. Two problems. 1) plastic bottles and the microwave aren’t a great mix 2) the honey heats unevenly in the microwave and can be scalding hot.

    This hot water fix takes a while to do, but the results “stick” for a couple of weeks.

  3. Jeem Says:

    Just googled for “how to reliquify honey” and picked the first promising link. Boggled to find myself on your blog! They say its a small world – but it seem to apply to cyberspace as well. Anyway, thanks for you write-up. I was just about to microwave it.

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