Frequently Asked Questions
My honey crystallized, does that mean it's bad?
Not to worry, crystallized honey is normal, in fact, it proves that your honey is raw and not pasteurized. Crystallization is a natural process and does not affect your honey’s taste or smell. If you would like to remove the crystals, simply place your jar of honey in a bowl or pan of warm water until all the formations are dissipated.
How should I store my honey?
Store your honey in an air-tight container (preferably glass) located in a cool dry location. Honey should be placed away from direct sunlight or any appliances that produce heat. Your kitchen pantry at temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees would be ideal.
What is the shelf life of honey?
Natural, well-preserved honey has no expiration date. In fact, archeologists found 3,000-year-old honey in the tombs of pharaohs that is still edible. Honey stored in sealed containers can last decades or even centuries. Honey contains a very small amount of water naturally (about 18%) and has a naturally high acidity level (an average PH of 3.9), making it an unwelcoming host for bacteria and adding to honey's eternal shelf life.
Why should children less than 1 year of age not be given honey?
You should not give children younger than one-year-old honey because clostridium bacteria that can cause infant botulism thrives in soil and dust and can contaminate some foods — honey, in particular.
How should I treat a bee sting?
We love bees, but sometimes we get stung by one of them. If this happens to you, there are a few things you can do to eliminate the discomfort. If the stinger remains in your skin, gently remove it with your finger. Do not use tweezers, as squeezing the stinger can release more venom. Wash the sting area with soap and water. Apply a cold pack to reduce swelling. Use over-the-counter medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to reduce pain, if necessary. If you experience signs of an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, swelling, a weak/rapid pulse, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, or fainting), call 911 immediately.
What can I do to help save the bees?
Honeybees are disappearing at an alarming rate. When bees pollinate, they help plants reproduce, and provide nearly one-third of the food we eat. In the United States, up to one-third of commercial honeybee vanish each year because of pesticide use, water pollution, soil contaminates like Roundup, climate change, parasites and more.
Here are a few things you can do to help:
- Plant some pollinator-friendly plants and flowers
- Buy local and organic produce
- Say no to pesticides
- Protect bee’s natural habitats (state parks, national parks and wildlife refuges)
- Become a beekeeper
- Give them some water in a wide shallow bowl with stones and twigs for the bees to safely land.