What Makes Honey Dark in Color?

Why Is Some Honey Darker than Others?​

We tend to think of honey as a very distinctive color. It’s so iconic that we use “honey” as a descriptive term for things that are blond or golden. However, there’s a lot of variation in the hue of honey. From deep, dark brown to pale, translucent colors, honey’s much more diverse than the caramel liquid we’re accustomed to in the mainstream.

What Can Beeswax Be Used For?

What Can Beeswax Be Used For?​

Beeswax, along with honey, is another multipurpose honeybee product produced in the hive. Because of its firm, crystalline structure, beeswax forms the hive construction — the honeycombs, where honey is stored.

Is Honey Acidic or Alkaline?

Is Honey Acidic or Alkaline?

Honey has a set of physical and chemical properties that inform its shape, texture, taste and aroma. At its base, honey is a mixture of mostly sugar and water. However, there are elements, like acids and minerals, in the solution that add a variety of characteristics to its make-up. One of those chemical characteristics is the pH of honey.

How to Melt and Clean Beeswax Before Usage

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How to Melt and Clean Beeswax Before Usage

Many think that the process of melting and cleaning beeswax is a headache — we’re going to debunk that myth in a few simple steps.

Does Honey Go Bad If Left Untouched?

Can Raw Honey Go Bad?​

That jar of honey on your shelf seems to have been there for ages without going bad. Yeah, it has a very long shelf life — but does honey go bad? Well, some claim that honey lasts forever and doesn’t spoil. Others say it depends on how it’s stored.

The truth is, honey can go bad if stored improperly. However, under the right conditions, honey can last for decades and even centuries. It’s a magical natural sweetener!

How Long Does Honey Last?

How Long Will Honey Last?​

The exceptional quality of honey, in that it doesn’t have an expiry date, makes it indispensable in every household. Who doesn’t use honey when baking or even when having a sore throat or a skin rash to treat?

The question is — does honey really last forever, and why? Can it ever go bad? The simple answer is, “No.” But, why doesn’t it degrade in time? Let’s take a look.

How to Decrystallize Honey

How to Decrystallize and Liquify Honey​

Have you ever reached for the jar of honey in your pantry only to find it entirely crystallized? It’s quite disheartening. Luckily, there’s no need to get rid of it — honey can last for years. The crystallization of honey is a naturally occurring process that only affects its appearance and doesn’t deter its quality.

If you deliberately wish to crystallize honey and want to learn more about why it does this, you’re in the right place!

How to Store Honey for Prolonged Life

What Are the Best Ways to Store Honey?​

How you store honey is vital to its longevity. Although crystallization is a natural process, it doesn’t mean that honey is “going off.” Even so, there are ways of storage to avoid this process as much as possible. Honey has a long shelf life due to the high concentration of sugars, and it can have an indefinite shelf life if properly stored.

Ultimately, the way you store your honey is up to you. Even so, check out our advice on how to store honey correctly.

What Is Real Honey Made Of?

What Is Real Honey Made Of?​

Honey is made with the nectar of a flowering plant. Field bees collect nectar from flowers using their tongue. They suck out the sugary liquid and save it in their bellies until they return home to their hive. Once they return, they turn the nectar into honey. 

What is honey made of that makes it different from nectar and different from commercial sweeteners? Let’s find out.

How to Stop Honey Crystallizing

How to Prevent Honey from Crystallizing​

The development of sugar crystals in honey is a natural development called crystallization.

Honey is a sweet liquid with a high sugar-to-water content ratio. In order to handle this disproportionate ratio, sugar condenses or “precipitates” out of the solution into its solid form. The solid form of sugar is granulated and coarse. This precipitate creates chunky, uneven honey.