Why Has My Honey Turned Solid? Because It’s Real!
Did you know that real honey crystallises? Raw and unfiltered honey, made by our favourite buzzing buddies, tends to take on a white, solid appearance over time – sometimes a short time! It may look hard and crunchy. Or maybe it has turned completely solid. Don’t worry. It’s still good and tells you you’re buying the real deal. While honey doesn’t expire, it can change shape. This shape-changing process, called crystallisation is completely natural.
Real Honey Crystallises
When your honey crystallises, it means that you have chosen a real, natural honey product. Crystallisation occurs because of the natural qualities inside.
The natural sugars in honey (glucose and fructose) will bind together and begin to form little crystals, which can start making your honey harder.
The pollen in honey also contributes to this binding process. The bits of pollen remaining provide a platform for the crystals to begin forming. But pollen is important and is prevalent in 100% pure honey. While it might mean less shelf appeal because the honey looks solid, keeping pollen in honey means you are getting a real product made by bees.
Keeping It Crunchy
Crystallised honey is still honey! It is perfectly safe to eat and does not mean that your honey has gone bad. In fact, it is just the opposite! It means that your honey is natural and good. You can take advantage of the hard, crystallised honey and love its complex texture.
You can still eat and cook with crystallised honey exactly as you normally would. It will melt into your hot drinks and into your baked dishes, just like liquid honey.