Storing Honey Honey keeps for well for years without refrigeration. To delay crystallization, store honey in an area which remains above 60 degrees Fahrenheit--for example, near your stove, in a cabinet above or near oven, or on top of refrigerator.
Using Crystallize Honey All honey have the ability to crystallize. When the glucose separates from the honey to form crystals, granulation begins. Granulation will not impair the honey's quality or flavor. Granulated (crystallized) honey can be liquefied by setting the honey container in water that has been heated. Avoid microwaving. You can also spoon the crystallized honey in your food directly while it is cooking--for example, when you are heating your BBQ sauce, spaghetti, oatmeal, tea, etc.
Bee Facts What is an Apiary? It is a bee farm.
Honeybees are responsible for pollinating most fruits, vegetables, legumes, flowers and more.
The female honeybees make honey from the nectar of the flower, which gives honey its delicious flavor.
To produce a pound of honey, honeybees in their short lifespan of 6 weeks might travel as far as 40,000 miles and visit more than 2 million flowers.
Health Benefits of Honey
Honey has been known to provide relief to a number of different disorders such as sore throats, cholera, diarrhea, respiratory infections, ear infections, boils, abscesses, pneumonia, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, gastointestinal problems, and treating wounds just to name a few.
The medicinal benefits of honey are due to honey's antibacterial properties and its moisture-retaining properties.
Bee pollen, which provides the bee colony more and better nutrition than the nectar, is one of the world's most complete foods. Bee pollen contains every basic vitamin, mineral, enzyme and hormone essential for general well-being and good health. It is completely absorbed by the human body and is 100% digestible.
Antibacterial The high acidity of honey (pH of around 4) inhibits the growth of most bacteria. The high osmolarity of honey kills bacteria and fungi by drawing water from their cells, thus the bacteria and fungi are killed by dehydration. Honey has the capacity to produce hydrogen peroxide which can kill bacteria on contact.
Immune System Honey boosts the immune system by promoting B-lymphocytes and T-lymphocytes to multiply.
Inflammation Honey has anti-inflammatory properties of bacterial infections, which will reduce swelling, tenderness, fever and pain.
Cell Growth in Wounds Dressing wounds with honey keeps dressings from sticking to wound and tearing the skin when dressings are removed. Most wounds heal in a moist environment, applying honey will prevent bacteria growth if you choose to cover your wound. Other possible honey applications can be made on abrasions, cuts, chapped lips, skin ulcers, cracked nipples, and bed sores to name a few.