Food Storage - How long can you keep...

HONEY, PURE, LIQUID, COMMERCIALLY BOTTLED - UNOPENED OR OPENED

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Keeps indefinitely
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Keeps indefinitely

Tips

  • How long does honey last? The answer depends to a large extent on storage conditions - store honey in a cool, dry area and keep tightly covered at all times.
  • Properly stored, honey will remain safe to consume indefinitely.
  • Is honey still safe after the "Best Before" or "Best By" date? Yes- honey will remain safe to use indefinitely if it has been stored properly.
  • After prolonged storage, honey may darken in color and lose some of its flavor, but it will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly.
  • Over time, the honey may become cloudy and crystallize - this is not harmful; the honey will still be safe to consume if it has been stored properly.
  • If honey crystallizes, place the honey jar in warm water and stir until the crystals dissolve.
  • Should you refrigerate honey? Refrigeration of honey is not recommended, as it accelerates the crystallization process.
  • Should you freeze honey? While not necessary, freezing honey will help prevent crystallization; to freeze honey, store in an airtight container and leave at least 1/2 inch headspace at the top.

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