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Raw, Liquid, Crystallized Honey, What’s the Difference?

Raw Honey – freshly removed from the hive and delivered to you!

The most often asked question is “what is the difference between raw honey and liquid honey.” Some think that raw honey means the honey is crystallized – not true! honeypot

Raw Honey simply means nothing has been done to it, for example, that it has not been heated (above natural hive temperatures) or filtered (fine high pressure filtering), and where the honey is just simply extract from the hive and bottled.

If a beekeepers says their honey is raw, it is not considered raw if it is filtered or heated. Commercial honey packers that place honey on grocery store shelves heat their honey in the range of 160 def F to break down the natural sugar seed crystals and force the honey through micro filters to remove pollen grains. Breaking down the crystals helps keep honey from crystallizing for a longer period of time at store temperatures. But wait! Heat above 115 deg F destroys the beneficial enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, and aroma. Filtering takes out the pollen grains. So, Carlisle Honey never heats or filters their honey and it is raw!

124_2460_mLiquid Honey is the way honey comes from the hive. Extracting honey from honey comb yields a wonderful golden liquid that goes right in the jar. Fresh raw honey will be liquid since it was just extracted from the hives. In fact, all honey is liquid when it is harvested or taken from the hives. As time passes, honey will start to crystallize, raw honey will crystallize faster than commercially packed honey since it has never been heated or filtered.

Crystallized honey or Creamed Honey is simply the result of the process honey under goes when changing from a liquid to a solid. Sort of like water to ice. Heating just delays the crystallization process, so crystallized honey may have been heated in the past, you need to ask the beekeeper if you are looking for unheated honey.

octhoneyjarsYou may be asking yourself, how does Carlisle Honey keep their raw honey liquid for those that simply do not like crystallized honey.

Pictured to the right, creamed or crystallized honey is in the jar with the spoon leaning on it. Creamed honey appears whitish or opaque and is spreadable with the consistency of peanut butter.

Since bees keep their honey warm all summer long, stored in liquid form in their hives, we keep their honey at near the same temperature as it is in the hives so it remains liquid. This way we can keep it liquid and ship it in that widely used form, still raw but liquid. Yes, hives are typically around 90 deg F inside. Think of a hot summer day with the hives in the sun! Bees will regulate the temperature to stay as close to 90 as possible. This warm temp is needed for raising their young. Carlisle Honey is kept in a warming cabinet around 80 deg to maintain all the wonderful attributes of fresh honey and still remain liquid for our customers.

Our honey will also crystallize in about 2-4 months depending on honey variety and the temperature you store it at. So, time and cool storage temperature (less than 70 deg) for honey increases the rate of crystallization. Honey crystallizes quickly at less than 60 deg F.

Bee Hive =
Honey comb
extracted liquid honey
Jar =
liquid honey
crystallized honey

Unstrained Honey – still has all the wax bits and other hive debris. This honey is sometimes sold as “really raw honey”and often sold crystallized in the jar after the wax bits have floated to the top and chunks of propolis have sank to the bottom. Since big chunks of wax and propolis don’t offer much to the beneficial factors of fresh raw honey – straining these out make the honey more palatable for many.

Never throw crystallized honey away – honey will lasts many many years stored in a sealed container. In fact, many folks simply like crystallized honey better than liquid honey and some only prefer liquid honey better.

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