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Buying Honey

All of this natural sweetener is not created equal, and there are a few things you need to know when selecting your honey. This guide is about buying honey.
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By 4 found this helpful
August 3, 2011

Most people think honey is honey, but not all honey is created equal. Store bought honey (store brand and name brand) most of the time is not all USA honey. A computer will print the place of origin of honey on the container. This can range from Korea to South America.

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Also honey from big distributors has been heated up over 120 degrees F. This means that all the health benefits of the enzymes and pollen has been removed and denatured. Pure raw honey DOES NOT need to be pasteurized. Also big distributors will add or feed the bees high fructose corn syrup in order to get them to produce honey faster, creating lazy bees that don't pollinate as well.

Due to the lack of labeling regulations, producers don't have to put on the label that they feed the bees another sugar source, or that they mixed the honey in the facility. A trick to this is that honey in its true pure form, with no human help of added sugars, will last forever. If the honey has a best used by date, it is not 100% honey like the label says. It means that somewhere down the line, a sugar source was added.

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If it's 100% honey in its natural raw state you want, please find a local beekeeper in your area. You might find true raw honey in a store, but I doubt it.

Don't be afraid to ask your local keeper if they feed the bees and where the bees are at in relation to your home. Honey within 40 miles of your home is the best for allergies!

Source:These are the most asked questions we receive about the differences in raw honey verses others with our bee farm.

By audi from Natchitoches, LA

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June 28, 2010

I love buying fresh, local honey, but am wondering if I am spending too much for the product. Would you mind telling me the prices in your areas, just to get an idea of what the going rates are? Thanks.

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

We just bought 60 lbs. of clover honey for $100.00 from a local beekeeper. The honey came in 5# plastic bottles. I did the calculations and each 5# bottle cost $8.30 ea. which comes to $1.66 per pound.

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

I buy honey from my friend's son and it is $5 for a pint.

A spoonful at night is wonderful at controlling allergies but you need to use fresh, local honey (bees are collecting the very stuff that is causing your allergies) and not the store bought kind that has had all of the good antibacterial properties cooked out of it.

A dear friend of mine who had cancer and could not take any kind of allergy medicines because of her treatments did this every day and swore by it. It just takes longer to work but is so much safer.

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Look up honey online and you will be amazed at all of it's healing properties, besides just being delicious.

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June 28, 20100 found this helpful

Sam's Club in Canton, OH, sells 5 lbs for $11.00. Regular stores in the area generally have only smaller containers and charge more per unit weight.

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June 29, 20100 found this helpful

In northern CA, direct from the beekeeper, we buy it for $3, a pound. It is very good, and good for you.
Mix some with butter, and cinnamon for great toast or an English muffin.

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June 29, 20100 found this helpful

I live in Iowa and around here we have the Sioux Bee Honey Plant. Honey runs anywhere from $3.00-$7.00 depending which kind you get. The better the quality the more you have to pay.

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June 30, 20100 found this helpful

I'm from N.C. and ours is 5 a pint but mine is free my brother has bees and we have them at our garden have been bit 3 times walking in the yard they love clover.

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July 1, 20100 found this helpful

I'd like to thank you all for your help. I have discovered buckwheat, sage, star thistle honies the past few years as well as the clover and wild flower. I have been having way too much fun buying these and even considered making my own for awhile. But as a thrifty person (usually) I was not even checking prices as I bought these and that is not at all acceptable. Thank you for bringing me back to earth!

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July 2, 20100 found this helpful

I pay $8 for 4 pound jar of the clearest, lightest color of clover honey. It is locally captured within 10 miles, from the regional crops, which again, help with the allergy issue.
I have had buckwheat which was grown about 100 miles away, different taste so different use in my cooking/baking. The clover I can use in anything, and do. This is west central MN!

Kudos to Marsha Neely's Honey & Herbs Farm.

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