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Does Honey Go Bad Or Expire?

February 17, 2018

Does Honey Go Bad Or Expire?

By Dr. Keerthy Sunder

Does Honey Go Bad?

Yes, honey can go bad. 

The only way your honey can go bad, or be "destroyed" is when it becomes contaminated by moisture. Granulation and crystallization can lead to increased moisture, which can eventually change your honey's taste and structure. Then, honey becomes more susceptible to spoilage by fermentation.

More here on honey's spoilage and expiration. Plus, details on how to properly store honey. Further, we'll outline some of the key factors that influence the quality and longevity of this natural remedy. If you are left with any questions, or want to share your experiences with using and storing honey, feel free to use the end section for questions. We try to respond to all real-life questions personally and promptly.

How Do You Know Honey Has Gone Bad?

You will be the first to know if your honey has fermented. How? The taste will change and your honey becomes sour.

Can Honey Spoil?

Yes, honey is susceptible to changes in the physical form and the chemical structure during storage. Spoiled honey can be recognized immediately. You will notice a certain change in the color, the honey will become darker. Afterwards, it will lose the sweetness and aroma, becoming crystallized and sour.

The temperature at which you keep your honey is the main contributing factor in the spoiling process. There is no specific shelf life of honey. Roughly, the average shelf life of honey is considered to be 2 years.

The most important things you should keep in mind if you want your honey never to go bad or spoil is:

  1. Buy a properly processed honey.
  2. Make sure the package of the honey guarantees quality. 
  3. Pay attention to where and at what temperature you storage your honey. 

Additionally, if you are looking for a way to maintain the quality of your honey for as long as possible you can pay more attention to the way you store your honey. The highest recommended room temperature that's safe for honey storage is 60 - 79 degrees. This temperature prevents fermentation.

Further, keep your honey away from water! Store honey in an air tight container and be careful to avoid running taps or spilled water glasses when serving it.

Can Honey Go Bad?

It depends on the way it is stored.

Your honey won't expire, or get bad if it's stored properly. In fact, the worst that can happen to a jar of honey that sits around for years is a change in color (darker) and change in structure (crystallization). For this reason, honey can be consumed even years after it's been bottled.

Nutritionists and health experts have proclaimed honey to be the single food that does not spoil. However, it can change form. The truth is that a jar of honey that remains for a longer period on the shelf will crystallize. This makes honey look thick and cloudy. What can you do about it?

Does Honey Crystallize?

Yes, honey will inevitably crystallize in time. Regardless of whether you place it in the frig, freezer, or at room temperature. If you're considering throwing the honey away, think again. You don't have to get rid of long term stored honey that easily! Honey usually does not expire or spoils, even if it's been previously opened. In case honey crystallizes, we recommend a simple process. 

Want to un-crystallize your honey? It's very easy. First, remove the lid from the jar. Then, all you have to do is place it in a pan of water, and warm it slowly on a low heat until the honey becomes liquid again. In case your honey is not in a jar, but in a plastic container, you can always transfer it into another container that can be heated safely, like a glass jar.

It is very important to adjust the heat, so that the honey's enzymes are preserved. In other words, do not to let the water boil. When the honey is exposed to boiling temperature, the beneficial enzymes get destroyed.

Does Honey Go Bad?

No, honey should not go bad on its own.

Q: Why does honey not go bad?
A: For two main reasons:

  1. Honey is antibacterial. 
  2. Honey has a high pH, which prevents bacteria trying to make a home in the jar.

How Long Does Honey Last?

In most cases honey lasts indefinitely.

Still, no one can determine exactly how long the honey will last. In fact, honey is a food that has the potential to last for hundreds of years and sometimes even longer. Honey is absolutely a one of a kind food source which is created to last forever. Why is this?

Honey is the only food item in nature created to be stored. Because winter is a dead season, where plants don't bloom, bees need to find a way to get food during cold days. Their natural goal is to create a food source that wouldn't spoil after a few months. The only non-perishable food source they have is honey.

The secret to modern, long-lasting honey is the properties used during the manufacturing process. If the production and packaging line is safe of microbes and other material that may spoil or contaminate it, than bottled honey will have an indefinite shelf life.

Looking for a New Honey?

We present to you the 100% wild honey from Dr. Sunder called "Honey Love". In fact, Honey Love is not susceptible to being spoiled, and will last for more than two years. The Brain Tune honey blend is unlike any other supplement on the market.

honey and brain

In fact, Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD has applied 20+ years of clinical experience in the making of Honey Love. This long-lasting blend of the highest quality nutraceuticals contains everything you need for focus and vital energy. The following ingredients prevent help keep Honey Love from spoiling (and being absolutely delicious):

  • Organic, wild-sourced turmeric
  • 100% natural and unprocessed Canadian prairie honey
  • Organic ginger powder
  • Raw, wild-sourced thistle honey
  • True Ceylon cinnamon

Dr. Sunder found that this synergistic mix of organic, wild-sourced, and antioxidant ingredients can double or triple the positive benefits for your overall brain function and structure. Honey Love is nutritious AND delicious. Plus, it's you don't have to worry about the expiration date.

Why Does Honey Never Expire?

Honey does not expire because it has low pH, almost no water content, and is loaded with sugar. This composition helps to dry out any bacteria that might attempt to destroy the honey. When bacteria find itself in honey, it will have the water leached out of its cell walls, thanks to a process called "osmosis".

The high sugar content and lack of water make honey a hypertonic solution, where the concentration of solutes is greater outside the cell than inside. Compare this to bacteria and other living organisms that are hypotonic (less solute and more water). When you mix the two, they will equalize and create a process called osmosis. Since honey and sugar are more dominant than the bacteria, the bacteria can't survive and have the water leached out into the honey.

The chances for the bacteria to remain in honey are almost zero and that's how the honey lasts indefinitely when there is no more moisture near the place where it's stored.

Honey Go Bad Or Expire Questions?

REMEMBER THIS: While honey has a potentially indefinite shelf life, flaws in the processing or storage can eventually cause the honey to spoil. So, be cautious and keep your honey stored in a cool, dry place!

If you want to learn more about honey, please ask. We welcome you to send us your questions in the comments section below. We do our best to address all of our reader's legitimate concerns in a timely manner. And we are eager to hear from you!

Reference Sources:
NCBI: Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity
NCBI: Traditional and Modern Uses of Natural Honey in Human Diseases: A Review
NCBI: Honey and Health: A Review of Recent Clinical Research

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