Question: I have honey that has turned (large percentage) to granular sugar...

Asked February 4, 2016, 8:56 PM EST

Question: I have honey that has turned (large percentage) to granular sugar crystals. Any way to convert back to good syrup honey? Best storage conditions for honey?

Franklin County Ohio honey

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Crystallized honey is safe to consume, but frustrating to use.

According to the National Honey Board, below are their guidelines for storing honey and dealing with crystallized honey.

Store honey at room temperature – your kitchen counter or pantry shelf is ideal. Storing honey in the refrigerator accelerates the honey’s crystallization. Crystallization is the natural process of glucose sugar molecules aligning into orderly arrangements known as crystals. It is not an indicator of spoilage, impurity, age or quality.

If your honey crystallizes, simply place the honey jar in warm water and stir until the crystals dissolve, or place the honey container into near boiling water that has been removed from the heat:

1. Bring a pan of water to a boil
2. Turn off the heat
3. Place the honey container in the water with cap open
4. Leave until both have cooled
5. Repeat as needed

Please feel free to contact your local County OSU Extension office or eXtension Ask an Expert if you have additional questions.