Did You Know – Honey

My husband told me that my Honey turned into a large clump and I may want to get some new Honey from the store. I had to chuckle because I thought everybody knew HONEY NEVER GOES BAD.

If you do get that clump inside your Honey jar, all you have to do is heat it up, stir and it’s ready to eat. I put my Honey in the microwave for about 30 seconds at a time stirring until it dissolves.

You can also heat the Honey container in hot water. DO NOT heat the Honey in a plastic container, it should be done in a glass container. If your honey is in a plastic container, take the Honey out of the container and put it into a glass bowl.

According to MentalFloss.com, the reason Honey doesn’t spoil is because of its low moisture content and high acidic values that it has. Bacteria can’t live in that kind of environment.

MentalFloss.com stated that the way Honey is made by the bees is that the nectar is transformed into Honey by the bees flapping their wings to dry out the moisture. Then they use a special enzyme in their stomach that breaks down the nectar and keeps the Honey free of bacteria.

The typical hive produces 30-100 pounds of Honey per year. For every one pound of Honey it takes a colony of bees collecting from about 2 million flowers. They travel over 55,000 miles! This one pound of Honey is the lifetime work of about 800 bees. One bee produces 1/12th teaspoon of Honey in its lifetime.

The bees eat their Honey to survive throughout the winter. That’s why bee keepers will never take all of the Honey from the hive. People use Honey for dandruff, stomach ulcers and allergies too.

There are different flavors and colors of Honey depending on the source of the nectar. Not all bees can make Honey. There are about 20,000 species of bees and only seven known Honey bee species.

So now when you see the Honey bees pollinating your flowers or garden, you can appreciate what hard workers they really are. They aren’t there to sting you or annoy you, they are just doing their job.

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  1. 💜 “Honey” is like bread EveryOne; it NEVER!!! goes off, that’s why bread and water is given in jail unfortunately without butter or “honey”

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  2. Honey is such a natural sweetener and so much better for you than sugar. Great on toast with peanut butter. I tea with lemon it is great for colds.

  3. Honey for me has many uses include medicinal. When I brew beer often use honey in the carbination process, if I pock a hole in a tomato – fill with honey to help prevent rotting, lather on ribs when smoking them, and if I can’t find an antibiotic ointment – a dab on a scratch words great until a better solution is found.

    • That is awesome Danny! I have never heard the tomato one, how interesting. Thank you for teaching me something new today. A local bee keeper makes a honey insect bar in a small container like deodorant. My granddaughter’s skin blows up when she is bit by any insect. She rubs it over the bite and it really helps.

      • The tomato thingy was just dumb luck. “Honey has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties, which is why honey is used for healing wounds. After any skin injury, bacteria that live on your skin can infect and penetrate the wound site. Honey, has been found to destroy these bacteria.” So I gave it a go and the tomatoes I’ve done this too have fared well

  4. Now I know how the saying ” busy as a bee” came to be! We put a bee house in our backyard to attract them and I try to plant flowers/bushes that they like. I use a lot of honey in baking and cooking, (as well as maple syrup). And honey is great in tea when I’m sick!

  5. Aren’t bees so interesting, Diane? One of our sons is a beekeeper. He has 20 hives. The honey is delicious!

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  6. Great tip, honey does indeed have a very low water activity, so does keep well. I didn’t know about this heating up to dissolve lumps tip though, so thanks

  7. This is very timely for us. We have at least one jar of honey that has clumped. I also have some tiny jars over a year old; I know now not to pitch them.

  8. These are great tips I’ve never heard of before, Diane – including honey for dandruff. Who knew! Maybe wash it off though before going out or bees might sting you!

    Bees really are miracles of nature and we need to do more to protect them.

  9. If I had known this I would have saved so much money on buying new honey over the years! Thank you so much for sharing! I learn the best food tips from you!!!

  10. Bees are absolutely amazing creatures! Great information in your post today — as usual. I always look forward to whatever you have in store for us with each post, Diane.

  11. This is a great educational post, Diane! My sister in law volunteers at their local nature center and teaches the little kids in one of their programs about bees. I’m going to send this to her; I know she’ll be delighted to read it. And great tip about the honey, too! Thanks! 🐝 🍯

  12. We normally buy small bottles of honey, so we rarely have to heat them up to get them back to syrup again (which we knew by the way 😉). But your post made me think, all those sayings, such as “as busy as a bee” and “working as hard as a bee” … these are all very true! And then there’s this story of archaeologists that excavated tombs in Egypt in 2015 and found 3000-year old honey … still edible. Honey must be good!

  13. Honey is an amazing substance, isn’t it? They say honey that is buried with Egyptian Pharaohs is still good to eat. I’m not convinced, but if any substance could be good after thousands of years, it would definitely be honey.

  14. Good to know that honey keeps forever Diane. I did know it is amazing for its healing properties as well, not by ingesting it per se, but applying it on a cut/abrasion. Give the bees an “atta boy/girl!”

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