How to deal with set honey – The Raw Honey Shop
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How to deal with set honey

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What can you do about honey that has set?

At this time of year a lot of raw honey sets - becomes fairly solid. At the end of the winter the honey has been in a jar for up to six months, during this time, if it is raw, its character can change quite a lot. And also honey sets quicker when the temperature is cooler in winter. 

Many people haven't come across this phenomena before,  if you have lived in a country where the average temperature is 25 degrees then honey generally doesn't set, except for a few varieties which have more glucose.

So, if you prefer your honey runny then this is a problem. But there is something you can do about it - although it is not quite as straightforward as you might think.

This is a natural process and if it happens is a good indication that the honey you have bought is probably raw (processed honey is heated to 70 degrees or more, which delays the setting of a honey crop by about a couple of years). We blogged about this recently - see here.

However, this can be an irritation if you like your honey runny. 

Normally we advise customers to put the honey on a radiator to return it to liquid. However, a few customers have found this hasn't been working properly, so I investigated. You can see what I found out in this 'very exciting' video.

PS: Also worth looking at this wikipedia section on the physical properties of honey:


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