All honey crystallize over time (it looks thick and cloudy). The difference with raw honey is that this process happens much faster.
If this happens to your honey, just remove the lid from the jar, place it in a pot of water, and warm it over low heat until the honey returns to its original texture. You ideally don’t want to heat honey past 103°F.
Alternatively, if you have a Sous Vide device, set the temperature to 102°F, place the honey jar in a foodsaver bag and seal it. Then place the jar in a waterbath preheated to 102°F and let it sit for an hour or two. When you’re done, give the honey a stir and you’ll be good to go!
When substituting honey for white sugar in recipes, begin by substituting honey for up to half of the sugar called for in the recipe.
For baked goods, make sure to reduce the oven temperature by 25°F to prevent overbrowning (honey caramelizes).
Reduce any liquid called for by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used since honey will add to your overall liquid ratio.
Also: add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for each cup of honey used.
Finally, because honey has a high fructose content, honey packs more of a sweetening punch than sugar. This means you can use less honey than sugar to achieve the desired taste.
Honey stored in sealed containers can remain stable for decades or longer!
However, honey is susceptible to physical and chemical changes during storage. It tends to crystallize and darken over time and will eventually lose some of its sweet scent and flavor.
These are temperature-dependent which makes the shelf life of honey difficult to define.
For practical argument though, a shelf life of two years is often given. Properly processed, packaged and stored honey can keep its quality for a long time.
As with anything else though, if in doubt; throw it out and purchase a new jar of honey!
One other thing to note, if you allow other food particles to enter your jar of honey (bread crumbs, etc.) this can cause problems down the road and spoil your jar of honey.
The honey you’re used to in the store is often cooked even when sold as raw honey.
At True Blue Essentials, we believe that honey should always be available in a natural state.
Our honey is never heated beyond 103°F.