We just ADORE honey! The sweet, sticky liquid works as a wonderful natural sweetener, and it even comes with some pretty unparalleled health benefits. And though we will never stop singing honey’s praises, we have to admit that we’d rather skip it when those unsightly crystals form. That’s why we’ve got a super helpful tip for you today. Try this trick, and honey will never be a hassle again!
Before we begin, let’s go over the reason crystals end up in your honey in the first place. Contrary to popular belief, crystallized honey isn’t a sign that it has gone bad. It just means that you haven’t been at your most meticulous in the kitchen.
Our host David Chilcott from The One Pot Chef Show explains: “It just means that moisture has got into the jar—so, the lid’s not been put on properly, or possibly, you put a wet spoon or a knife in when you were scooping out some honey.”
It’s safe to say that we’ve all been guilty of the second reason before, but it’s good to know that the crystals are preventable.
So, now that we know how to avoid getting those harsh crystals in our jar of honey, let’s work on removing them!
Grab a bowl
Tighten the lid to your jar of honey, and place into a large bowl. Be sure that the bowl is deep enough so that the top of the lid and the rim are aligned. Once your honey is securely in the bowl, place in the kitchen sink.
Add hot water
Turn on your water tap and allow hot water to fill the bowl to just below the line of the bottle top.
Let it rest
Leave the honey to sit in the hot water for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until the water cools off.
After your time is up, you should notice that your honey is back to its original liquid state. For particularly stubborn rock-candy-like crystals, you may need to repeat the process. How easy!
If you’re particularly crunched on time, our host also recommends enlisting the help of your microwave to melt down those crystals!
All you need to do is place the container of honey inside the oven with the lid off for about ten seconds, then stir. Repeat the process until all crystals dissolve.
We love this convenient option, but we do advise that you check your honey container prior to placing it in the microwave—some of those plastic and glass ones aren’t meant to be introduced to such hot environments!
What do you think about this useful honey storage tip? Do you have another way of getting rid of honey crystals? How do you like to use honey in your recipes? Tell us all about your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below!