Does your honey look like this? All chunky and crystallized?
No, this doesn't mean it has gone bad ~ do NOT throw it out! You can revive honey to it's natural state.
Crystallization is the natural process by which liquid honey becomes solid. Heating honey is the only way to dissolve the crystals. Three things cause honey to crystallize:
Temperature: crystallization starts below 50º F.
Ratio of glucose and fructose in the honey: some types of honey are more prone to crystallization. Alfalfa and Clover honey are two examples.
Pollen: Fresh, raw honey naturally has pollen, which crystallization builds upon. Store bought honey is filtered to remove pollen, creating a more shelf stable honey.
DO NOT MICROWAVE THE HONEY!
Microwaving over heats the honey, doesn't heat it evenly, and most likely, you will melt your plastic container... yuck. Microwaving also destroys all of the beneficial enzymes and properties of the honey.
1. Find a large pot with a heavy bottom, and if you can, put a trivet on the bottom of the pot.
2. Place the container of honey into the pot and fill it with hot tap water.
3. Unscrew the honey lid slightly to allow any steam to escape.
4. Place the pot onto your stove and turn the temp to medium low. At temps above 100ºF, you risk melting the plastic and destroying all the beneficial enzymes and antioxidants honey provides.
Keep an eye on the honey and pick it up every so often, gently shaking the honey container to loosen any honey crystals.
5. When the crystals have dissolved, turn OFF the stove and let the honey in the pot COOL down completely. This entire process can take several hours, depending on the size of your honey container and how crystallized your honey is.
When your honey is cooled to room temperature, pour it into clean, glass jars. Plastic is more porous than glass, so canning jars are perfect. The pint size works great for our family.
Label and store in a cool (but NOT cold) place.