I recently purchased a large quantity of honey. Purchasing it in bulk actually saved me money. I wanted to use it in my recipes and play around with it a little. I reasoned that putting it in the freezer would help me save money because frozen foods don’t spoil as quickly as those kept in the pantry (or shelf). However, my girlfriend claimed that honey would freeze and the water would separate from the sugar due to ice crystals forming inside? Is it possible to freeze honey?
Honey is a classic sweetener, and everyone enjoys its natural flavor. We don’t want to waste that extra honey because the price is a little high. So, can we save it by freezing it?
Yes, you can freeze honey. Freezing honey is preferable over refrigerating it. In fact, refrigerating honey has a higher chance of crystallizing it than freezing it. Honey can be kept fresh for a long time by freezing it.
Can You Freeze Honey?
Freezing honey allows it to last for years while still remaining fresh. When honey ages, the color darkens and the flavor changes, but freezing it prevents these changes.
Honey is a liquid that does not completely freeze. Only at high temperatures will it crystallize. When heated, it is still safe to eat, but the flavor is lost.
When freezing honey, the best way to store it is in a sealed glass container. An open container will result in fermentation or waste.
If your honey crystallizes or freezes in the freezer, it is likely that the honey you purchased was not natural. Natural honey contains only 18% water, which is insufficient to freeze.
When thawing honey, you could leave it out at room temperature to thaw gradually. Put the jar of honey in warm water until the desired thickness of honey is achieved for a faster method.
Another method for preserving honey is to simply keep it on your shelves. Keep it in an airtight container and away from heat, just as you would when freezing it. It keeps your honey fresher for a shorter period of time while keeping it always ready to use.
How To Freeze Honey
Here are the steps to take to ensure that you have fresh honey with preserved flavor and texture after freezing it:
- Keep the honey in an airtight container. This prevents microorganisms from entering your honey and prevents fermentation and spoilage.
- To ensure the freshness of the honey, leave some space inside the jar.
- Place the honey jar in a freezer bag to prevent spillage and the odor of other food in the freezer from affecting the honey.
- When ready to use, thaw the jar by leaving it at room temperature and allowing it to thaw gradually. You could also warm it in water, but be careful not to burn it and ruin the flavor.
You could also warm it in water, but be careful not to burn it and ruin the flavor.
For an appetizer for your meal, try making crispy honey chili potatoes. Its sweet and spicy combination is the best way to start your meal.
If want a fast and easy but delicious recipe, try making honey soufflé. It is very easy to make and a great food to share with your family.
If you are thinking of a meal that will surely fill your hungry tummy, try making honey garlic chicken. The flavor of honey and garlic on chicken is a perfect combination with rice.
Yes, you can freeze honey. Frozen honey will last for 3-4 months in the freezer if stored properly. This is how to do it: transfer your desired amount of honey into a freezer bag and seal it well; make sure to press out all of the air before sealing tightly (to avoid freezer burn); store properly and label with today’s date; thaw overnight in your fridge before using!
What will you use your frozen honey for? Share with me in the comment section below. I always look forward to hearing from you soon