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    Please help! My honey has solidified!

    I have a 32 oz plastic jar of honey that is almost new and completely solidified!

    This has never happened to me before. How can I get it back to liquid? And will it stay liquid or do I have to keep re-liquidifying it?

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    30 seconds in the microwave should do it, Loren, and yes, it will resolidify.

    (Please take the cover off! )

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    There was a thread about this recently, which I read with interest since my large bottle from Sam's had completely crystallized. The method I used (bottle was too big for the microwave, and I wasn't sure how the plastic bottle would hold up in the microwave anyway) was to bring a pan of water to a boil, turn off the heat and THEN put the bottle in the pan and let it sit. Takes a while and I had to reheat the water once (I mean it was a BIG bottle! ), but it worked just fine.
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    OK thanks. This has never happened before. Our house is not cold either.

    Loren
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    We don't use it very often and when we do it is usually a small amount. I have found that keeping honey sticks on hand works really well.

    Just FYI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kathy B View Post
    There was a thread about this recently, which I read with interest since my large bottle from Sam's had completely crystallized. The method I used (bottle was too big for the microwave, and I wasn't sure how the plastic bottle would hold up in the microwave anyway) was to bring a pan of water to a boil, turn off the heat and THEN put the bottle in the pan and let it sit. Takes a while and I had to reheat the water once (I mean it was a BIG bottle! ), but it worked just fine.
    That's what I've done with mine.

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    The bee-keeper that I buy from at our farmers market told me to store the bottle in the freezer so it never crystalizes. I keep a bit in the cabinet and the rest in the freezer.

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    "Please help! My honey has solidified!" Is that a bad thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dorothyntototoo View Post
    "Please help! My honey has solidified!" Is that a bad thing?

    Ooooohhhh...that's so bad!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobmark226 View Post
    30 seconds in the microwave should do it, Loren, and yes, it will resolidify.

    (Please take the cover off! )

    Bob

    and make sure it's completely de-crystallized, or it will re-do that faster. but if it's completely clear, it should take a long time to get cloudy again.

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    What's the disadvantage to crystallized honey?
    I guess if you don't like the texture on bread I can see it, but otherwise who cares?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canice View Post
    What's the disadvantage to crystallized honey?
    I guess if you don't like the texture on bread I can see it, but otherwise who cares?
    Canice (and dorothy), apparently Loren and all the others who've mentioned what they do in this situation do care and would like a solution. Not sure what the point of your comment was. If you don't "care," you can easily find something positive to contribute elsewhere.

    And, Canice, FYI, I must be some kind of idiot because I can't find a way to easily add hardened honey to the ingredients, say, for baked goods.

    Sheesh.

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobmark226 View Post
    Canice (and dorothy), apparently Loren and all the others who've mentioned what they do in this situation do care and would like a solution. Not sure what the point of your comment was. If you don't "care," you can easily find something positive to contribute elsewhere.

    Sheesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorothyntototoo View Post
    Apparently Mr. Woodstock is the only person allowed sarcasm here. It was a joke. Excuuuuse me!
    Read back and you'll see I wasn't alone in my perceptions. Sorry, I just don't see why anyone would need to mock someone who certainly didn't deserve your "sarcasm" when asking for help with something.

    Bob, out of here

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobmark226 View Post
    Read back and you'll see I wasn't alone in my perceptions. Sorry, I just don't see why anyone would need to mock someone who certainly didn't deserve your "sarcasm" when asking for help with something.

    Bob, out of here
    Um, I could be wrong, but I believe Dorothy was pointing out a double entendre w/ the fact that her "honey" had "solidified"--not that she was commenting that it was no big deal if someone's honey from the pantry had crystalized. At least that's how I took it.

    At any rate, the same thing can happen to maple syrup, and the same solutions apply, in case anyone finds themselves facing that sort of problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leebee View Post
    Um, I could be wrong, but I believe Dorothy was pointing out a double entendre w/ the fact that her "honey" had "solidified"--not that she was commenting that it was no big deal if someone's honey from the pantry had crystalized. At least that's how I took it.
    I missed that and if that's the case, apologize to Ms. Toto, having had no such experience.

    Bob

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    my honey is always hard (speaking of double entendres...)
    and I use one of the various methods described on this thread- either hot water, microwave, etc.
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    What worked for me:

    I had the Costco size plastic bottle, and it wouldn't fit in my microwave! I just put it in our lemonade jug, and surrounded it with very hot tap water. It liquefied, and I poured two cups of it into a smaller plastic container. I didn't want to risk using my stovetop, which isn't very predictable and I worried I might melt the plastic.

    Then I made a lot of honey recipes, including spiced nuts and baked goods! We gave away a lot of honey-sweetened treats for the holidays.

    It was a lot easier to portion out of the smaller container, with a wide opening. And it hasn't crystallized again - it's been a few weeks.

    I hope this helps. I was relieved that I could still use the honey, and I could make it pourable again.
    Laurie

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