Product developers commonly ask, “What is the shelf life of honey?” Most find themselves in shock to find out there isn’t one.
That is right, if kept under the right conditions honey will not spoil.
Archeologists have discovered preserved honey while digging in Egypt, and to their surprise, the honey was still edible. Although we do not suggest leaving it on the shelf for that long, it does prove that honey has the capability to outlast our own lives.
Honey’s moisture content (about 17%), low pH and antibacterial properties make it one of the only ingredients that will most likely not spoil. It is, however, still important to store honey properly to maintain its integrity.
Honey should be kept in a sealed container at room temperature, between 64-75°F and out of direct sunlight. If honey is kept in cooler temperatures, between 35-60°F, it is known to hasten honey’s natural crystallization process. But that is not an end for honey.
If honey crystalizes, it can be saved by heating. Honey can be placed in hot water and slightly shaken to reduce or remove crystallization. Different varietals of honey may take longer than others to crystalize, and some actually have a low tendency to crystalize at all. Either way, it can be saved!
The next time you purchase honey, there is no need to fear. With proper care, your honey is here to stay.