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Alix 09-23-2010 02:41 PM

Crystallized Honey
Can anyone tell me why honey crystallizes? And is it only the clarified honey that will do that?

Andy M. 09-23-2010 02:47 PM

I don't know why but as honey ages, it seems to crystallize. I do know you can reverse the process with the application of heat.

Interesting fact:

Pure honey will literally last forever. Edible honey has been found in the pharaohs' tombs in Egypt.

Alix 09-23-2010 02:56 PM

I did know that about honey. Something about the high sugar content inhibiting bacterial growth.

I am wondering if it has something to do with either the amount of processing it goes through or the temperature its stored at.

I can go Google, but I always like to come here first.

GB 09-23-2010 03:02 PM

I do not remember exactly, but it has something to do with water loss I believe. When the honey looses water the structure changes. I can't recall the exact science though.

Alix 09-23-2010 03:04 PM

That makes sense. If there is water loss then the honey would have to revert to a more solid form.

GB 09-23-2010 03:05 PM

What I can't explain is why heating it would change it back because you are not adding water back in by heating it.

Alix 09-23-2010 03:12 PM

Hmmm. OK, well what if its something about temperature that causes it to crystallize? It must remain warm to stay liquid?

Andy M. 09-23-2010 03:13 PM

I don't think it's the water.

Think about heating sugar to make candy. One wrong move can cause the liquid sugar to crystalize. A drop of water or a foreign object that falls into the pan or just a solid jarring of the pan can cause the sugar to crystalize. I think that's the issue with honey too.

GB 09-23-2010 03:15 PM

I jsut googled it. Here is what I got.

“This natural phenomenon happens when glucose, one of the three main sugars in honey, spontaneously precipitates out of the supersaturated honey solution. The glucose loses water (becoming glucose mono hydrate) and takes the form of a crystal (a solid body with a precise and orderly structure). The crystals form a lattice which immobilizes other components of honey in a suspension thus creating the semi solid state.”
from Why Does Honey Crystallize? | Sweet As Can Bee Honey Farm

4meandthem 09-23-2010 03:44 PM

A few seconds in the micro will reverse it as many times as needed.

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