Does honey freeze well?

by Lori
(Green Bay WI)

Hi...does honey freeze well? (like in peanut butter/honey sandwiches?)
Thanks!

A Lori,
When honey gets too cold it crystalizes. It's ok cooking in a dish but frozen honey would crystalize in a sandwich and have a grainy texture when thawed.

On a side note, If your honey does crystalize in the cubbard or if it is accidentially put in the fridge you can heat it in the microwave or on the stove top until all the crystals melt and it's smooth and clear again.

Hope that helps,
Michelle

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thanks!
by: Lori

yes it does help a lot - thank you!!

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Yes, that helps to know.
by: Terry

I now have frozen honey with a note on it to thaw by microwave and stir.

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No need to freeze honey!!!
by: Anonymous

There's no need to preserve honey, since it is virtually the only food that does not spoil...

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Honey
by: CraigWalton

I think no need to preserve honey. Honey gets its sweetness from the monosaccharides fructose and glucose and has about the same relative sweetness as granulated sugar. It has attractive chemical properties for baking and a distinctive flavour that leads some people to prefer it over sugar and other sweeteners. Most micro-organisms do not grow in honey because of its low water activity of 0.6. Honey sometimes contains dormant endospores of the bacterium clostridium botulinum.

Note from Michelle Yes, the spores can in honey but they can not grow in honey. This is one reason honey is not recommended for infants, but not a health concern for older kids and adults with healthy immune systems.

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heat destroys honey
by: Anonymous

Do not microwave or just heat honey; to un-crystalize honey one would need a special air incubator not over36C/96.8F and allow to melt crystals over many days SLOWLY. Hence freezing is the much better option if you can't stand the crystals, that are normal to develop over time, some sooner, some later depending of composition of collected nectar.

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Good stuff
by: Anonymous

I've been freezing honey now for quite a while never had one crystallize when it was being frozen until the last time I froze some. I had 10 lb crystallize on me. I do not know for certain that I think it's due to the fact that it's lighter honey it was from canola flowers I have 10 other pounds that is from alfalfa and I've never had issues with that you do not want to heat honey over 94 degrees it starts losing its nutrition after that.

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