safety of honey

Asked June 4, 2014, 12:47 AM EDT

I have restaurant single serving size packets of honey. They have turned to a dark molasses brown color. Are they still safe to eat or cook with?

Bernalillo County New Mexico food safety honey

2 Responses

According to Carol Schlitt, former Extension educator: During storage, honey gradually becomes a darker color and changes flavor and composition. Differences can be seen in less than one year. Freezing stops such changes almost completely and preserves all the natural goodness of the honey.
http://en.allexperts.com/q/Food-Safety-Issues-767/Keeping-Honey.htm

Honey can be stored indefinitely without refrigeration. Only if diluted with water, will yeasts and other micro-organisms attack honey. It should, therefore, be stored in dry locations.University of Florida Extension http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/aa154

Therefore, the honey is safe to eat but the flavor may be altered. Thank you for contacting eXtension with your food safety question.

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