I bought a quart-sized jar of raw honey about a year ago. I recently opened...
I bought a quart-sized jar of raw honey about a year ago. I recently opened it and discovered that it had started to ferment because it began bubbling up out of the jar. I put it in the refrigerator, and that stopped the process. My question is whether or not this honey is safe to eat. Thank you. Lee
Rice County Minnesota
Honey has been eaten by man for thousands of years. It is one of the most sustainable, most delicious, and most healthy sweeteners available to us. It can be used as a food preservative and keeps for a very long time. In the presence of heat and moisture, however, it can ferment. Raw honey has not been heated or treated in any way. This means that the naturally occurring enzymes and beneficial properties of the honey are left completely intact. The pollen in raw honey has been known to be beneficial to those suffering from allergies and the enzymes can help digest the foods you consume with the honey. The fermentation of honey increases those benefits. In order for honey to ferment it needs a moisture content of at least 19%. Most honey contains less moisture than this and as such will need water in order to ferment.