Crystallized and Hard Honey

I have a half-gallon container of honey that has solidified. Can it still be used? How do I liquefy it again?

By Sandy from Bandon, OR


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February 11, 20110 found this helpful

First, you may want to save some out--I love crystallized honey as a spread. It won't drip from toast or sandwiches like liquid honey does. Then, simply warm the remainder. You can use the microwave, or sit the jar in hot water, and stir periodically. It may re-crystallize afterward, but you can re-heat it. Alternatively, you could just scoop and heat a smaller quantity at a time.

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February 12, 20110 found this helpful

Pure honey will keep for ever so don't even consider tossing it out. Honey can be softened by placing the container in hot water. since it is such a large container I would only soften a small amount at a time.

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February 13, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you everyone for the feedback! Throwing the container in the dishwasher did the trick, then I measured it out into more manageable sizes and gave part of it back to the daughter with instructions to reliquify if necessary.



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October 24, 20170 found this helpful

how did you put it in the dishwasher?

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February 14, 20110 found this helpful

Just put the container in a large pot with some water around it and turn the stove burner on low for a while. It will make the honey liquify again.

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February 15, 20110 found this helpful

Put it in a container of hot water for a while. Otherwise you could try microwaving it on low for a short amount of time also.

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February 23, 20110 found this helpful

I don't recommend heating it in a microwave, this can actually cause the liquified honey to recrystalize even faster, plus if it's in plastic, it may not be healthy to microwave teh plastic. Slowly heating it up in a pan of water on the stove is a good way to reliquify it.

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March 7, 20110 found this helpful

Also squeeze a bit of fresh lime or fresh lemon on the amount you need it will work to soften it quickly just a quick mix and it is liquid.

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November 29, 20151 found this helpful

Do not put honey in microwave, ever!!!!!!! The microwave will kill all natural and healthy properties of the honey.

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September 28, 20160 found this helpful

You do realize that microwave ovens use radio waves don't you? They are not "evil radiation" like some people seem to think.

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January 2, 20180 found this helpful

It is my understanding that the microwave will indeed kill most of what is good for you in honey if you try to liquify it in this manner.

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April 12, 20167 found this helpful

honey is the most perfect food in the world. It will never spoil. It takes just a little hot water in a pan to turn a jar of honey back from sugar to liquid. This works with any amount of honey. Set the jar or container into the hot water keep water warm. stir once in awhile.


Best honey is not clover honey but honey that is gathered by the bees from wild flowers and flowering trees. Darker the better for me. Honey needs only to be strained. Never needs to be boiled or heated for any reason. It Just does not spoil.
From a old bee keeper. Patricia A Albin

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July 5, 20180 found this helpful

Miss the buckwheat honey Mom used to buy in the comb.
Hard to find now...stores don't want to bother with anything that doesn't come in a jar.

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