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Nov 9, 2002 10:52 AM

crystallized honey?

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So, I decided to have tea this morning instead of coffee: mistake.

I've had my squeeze bottle of Trader Joe's honey sitting in my cabinet for a while, apparently, and when I tried to squeeze some in my tea nothing came out. It was crystallized in a lump. And, of course, the neck of the bottle is too small to get a spoon in, and I'm out of chopsticks. I wouldn't settle for sugar for my tea. :)

I was wary of putting the whole thing in the microwave -- I know sugar can get very hot, very quickly. I ran the bottle under hot water and managed to scrape out a chunk of crystallized honey to melt into my tea. What I'm wondering is: is there any way to fix the honey so that it goes back to its original state? I know it hastn't spoiled; it smells and tastes fine. Should I give up and get new honey?


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  1. Put it in the microwave oven. Heat it up a little at a time if you are worried about superheating it. It will go back to a nice syrup and you can use it. After a few weeks it will harden up again. Melt it again. It's perfectly safe.

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      JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

      Honey never, ever goes bad. Some time ago, archaeologists found a pot of honey in an Egyptian tomb that appeared to be over 3000 years old- it was still good. If you stick it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds at a time on medium it will revert to its liquid state very easily.

      1. If you are averse to the microwave, just put the jar of honey in a pan of warm water, on the stove, for a few minutes.

        Honey never goes bad. The ancients used it as a main ingredient to preserve mummys.

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        1. re: 2chez mike

          You might want to carefully liquefy it on a low setting in the microwave and then transfer it to a glass jar for the future. Then you'll have the option of heating it in a pan of water on the stove. I'm not sure how well those soft plastic squeeze bottles handle high heat.

        2. If you don't use much, maybe the easiest thing would be to transfer it to a wide mouth jar that you can get a spoon into.

          There are gentler alternatives to the microwave and the stove for warming it. put it under a desk lamp for a day, or in a south facing window, or near the pilot light on the stove, or on top of the water heater, etc.