FAQ: What Do I When My Honey Crystallizes?

(Last Updated On: April 8, 2011)

Honey CrystallizationQuestion: What Do I When My Honey Crystallizes?

Answer: Before I get into what to do about it, I want to explain why it happens. Honey is supersaturated and is low in moisture. This can lead to sugar crystals being formed. This will not ruin the honey, unless you let it go on for a very long time. It’s pretty simple to fix the problem. I just grab the container of honey and place into a larger container of hot tap water. Then wait for 10-20 minutes and your honey should be like the day you got it. It’s important to know that different types of honey will crystallize at different rates. Orange blossom honey tends to crystallize quicker than most other varietal honeys. Avocado blossom honey should never crystallize. Most commercial, store bought honey won’t crystallize, because they have been pasteurized.

Why does the hot water treatment work? By heating up the honey you increase it’s ability to hold dissolved solids. Think about, it’s easier to dissolve sugar in boiling water, than in super cold water. You should try to keep your honey in a warm place, this will help slow down crystallization.