- Allie D'Augustine Nov 9, 2002 10:52 AM
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?
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.
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.
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.