How to Store Raw Honey

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By: Greg Brian


You perhaps just bought your first container of raw honey, but don’t know exactly how or where to store it. A lot of people go through the same thought if intending to use that honey at a later time.

Rather than automatically store your raw honey in a cold basement, give this a longer think.

Take a look at the smartest ways to store raw honey to avoid crystallization and any potential spoilage.


Avoid Overly Cold Spaces for Storage

No doubt you’ve seen plenty of people who store away canned foods in a musty, frigid basement. While that might work for some foods, it’s not the best for raw honey.

Overly cold temps are going to create the chances of the honey crystallizing faster than if in a moderately cool room temperature.

Crystallization makes the honey look a bit cloudy, yet it doesn’t harm the taste. The truth is, the crystallizing of honey is inevitable when in any form of storage. You can slow it down by not storing honey in places resembling a freezer.

Forget about the basement and consider moving your honey up into the house somewhere. On the other hand, you also want to be careful about heat.


Also Avoid Overly Warm Spaces

Be sure to check the heat in the spot where you’re storing your raw honey. Too much heat around the product can also lead to ruining its nutritional value. 

Yes, excessive heat on honey could end up evaporating about 200 essential components that make honey good for you.

Ruining all this after spending money on raw honey to gain the most health benefits is why you need to watch the room temperature during honey storage.

Don’t store your honey over a heat register or near a furnace. Always make sure the room is cool, yet not too cold. A healthy, natural room temperature is just right. 


The Best Honey Containers for Storage

You’re better off leaving the honey in the original container you bought it in to avoid any exposure to moisture.

The best type of container is one made of glass since it’s stronger and able to withstand moisture from getting in. Airtight multi-gallon buckets, like what we offer at Artie’s Harvest, are also very reliable.

Even a small drop of moisture going in to any container could spoil the honey. It’s why you should always inspect the jar or bucket before you store it away. If it’s made of flimsy plastic, you might want to consider switching to glass or something else more durable.


Most Importantly, Check the Seal

Look at the seal around the honey container. How tight is it? Even professional manufacturers can sometimes make errors on making sure the seal is tight enough.

Give it a check before you store your honey away. All it takes is a slight twist for how tight the lid is. If you notice it’s loosened, replace it right away. 

Look for any other potential spots on the container (like tiny air holes) that could expose the honey to moisture.


How Long Should You Store Your Raw Honey?

Based on science, a tightly sealed container of honey can last for hundreds or thousands of years. You may have already heard about how Ancient Egypt managed to do that with a 2,000-year-old container of honey found there.

While the texture and color of the honey is sure to change if you store it long-term, it never spoils with proper sealing. 

Just don’t be fooled into thinking your honey went bad after it crystallizes. You can liquify your honey in a warm container later, but the taste is always going to stay the same.

We guarantee the same at Artie’s Harvest.




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