Honey doesn't spoil like other foods and even if it has turned cloudy, it's still safe to eat. While you may be used to seeing clear, golden honey, cloudy honey is normal and natural. Clouding is caused by crystallization of the sugars and doesn't affect the taste or safety of the honey and is reversible. If the honey is in a jar, you can warm it on the stove. Otherwise, you can microwave it to get rid of the cloudiness.
Things You'll Need
- Instant-read thermometer
Loosen the lid to the honey jar.
Place the container in a pan of water on the stove. Turn the stove burner on low heat and gradually warm the honey. Monitor the water temperature with an instant-read thermometer and make sure it doesn't go above 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Stir the honey with a spoon a few times as it warms.
Remove the honey from the heat once it turns clear. Allow it to cool and then replace the lid.
Tips & Warnings
- Store honey at room temperature. It doesn't harm honey to store it in the refrigerator, but it isn't necessary and will make honey cloudy and, sometimes, develop graininess as it crystallizes.
- You can also warm honey in the microwave, as long as it is in a microwave-safe container and you use your microwave's lowest setting. Microwave the honey for 30 seconds, stir it, and microwave again if it's still cloudy.
- Do not give honey to children less than 1 year old.
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