How to pour honey like a pro!
If you have ever tried to get honey out of the jar without leaving a delicious sticky residue behind, this post is for you!
It’s time to pour honey like a pro.
We all know this isn’t the worst problem in the world, but wouldn’t it be nice to tick one minor aggravation off the list?
Let’s get to it.
Before we get to the pouring of honey, let’s talk raw honey.
The best honey is raw local honey.
The use of raw honey for allergy relief is debated.
I have used it for my seasonal allergies and find when I am remiss in taking it, my ever-growing list of allergies gets the better of me.
Always raw and local. I would link the honey I use and love, but truly to get the most outta your honey, buy it from your community, made by local bees!
My bottom line is this: try it and see if it works for you.
If it doesn’t, you still benefit from the micro-nutrients and a boost to your gut health.
What is raw honey?
Think of raw honey as honey straight from the beehive.
It is usually strained before bottling, preserving the micro-nutrients and antioxidants.
The reason why it is purported to work on allergies is because the pollen of local flora is contained within – not destroyed through processing.
How long can you store raw honey?
Oh, baby, here’s the good news: stored properly, raw honey can last for years.
I doubt your honey would need to last that long, mine certainly doesn’t.
I love me some raw honey and I go through it easily.
I use it in glazes, baking and every morning in my coffee.
Should raw honey be refrigerated?
No. Never. Noooo!
Honey should be stored at temps between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
The extreme temperature of refrigeration will degrade the honey.
How to prevent honey from crystalizing.
First, you should know that it is natural for honey to crystalize.
Yep, it’s very common and a sign of pure raw honey!
If you have your honey long enough, it will crystalize.
It doesn’t mean your honey is bad.
What happens when honey crystalizes?
It boils down to the honey losing a bit of its water content, which in turn forms crystals.
The process of honey crystalizing is harmless.
What to do when honey crystalizes.
I do a couple of things, the first being putting the honey on a sunny window ledge. The heat from the sun’s rays will slowly melt the honey.
The second thing you can do is to place the amount needed in a smaller glass container, which is then placed in a pot of hot water.The caveat to this is not to “cook” the honey and pasteurize the goodness out of it!
You could also microwave in short bursts, following the caveat above, while also being aware that the honey will heat quickly.
Don’t burn yerself!
Another good option: if I have crystalized honey and I’m using it in a hot drink, I simply scoop out what I need and use as is. The heat from the beverage will melt it perfectly!
No fuss, no muss.
Where to find local beekeepers near me and you.
I’ve talked so much about buying local and realized you may not know where to begin your search for the sweet stuff.
Here are my top three places to find local raw honey:
- Farmer’s Markets
- Social media Search
- Health food stores
We’re finally ready to discuss storing and pouring honey like a pro!
How do you store raw honey?
Where can/should one store all dat goodness?
Once you become a grown-up, “under the bed” is no longer an acceptable answer for most things.
The problem is twofold: dispensing without the sticky residue, and storing for both immediate and later use.
I’ve solved BOTH issues!
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#1: Pour honey like a pro in style!
My dispensing issues are solved with a fun teardrop jar, from yesteryear!
I love this dispenser, y’all.
Every morning, it greets me as I impatiently wait for the coffee pot to brew enough dark liquid to fill my mug. I often think of my grandmother, who was a waitress in New York her entire adult life.
I imagine her placing these dispensers on tables along with pancakes and waffles.
One for you. One for you. One for you.
I’m sure hers were filled with syrup (which is also a great use for the dispenser!), but mine is filled with honey.
I have thought of getting another one for our maple syrup, but it stays in the fridge and most times I like to warm it through before I use it.
Having the dispenser seems like overkill at that point and one more thing for me to store – NOT under the bed.
I’m a grown-up, gosh darn it!
Let’s get to the all-important product information, shall we?
~ 14 Ounce Capacity Teardrop Glass Jar
~ Chrome Plated Metal To
~ Durable, easy to clean
~ 5 by 3 1/2 by 6 Inch
TableCraft’s 14 ounce Syrup Dispenser with Chrome Plated Metal Top is perfect for passing syrup around the table. Top features thumb press for easy pouring and rubber gasket to prevent leakage.
Pour Honey Like a Pro Tip:
To minimize any drips, tilt dispenser over food, then pull back lever to pour.
When done, release lever to close in tilted position, before bringing dispenser upright.
Y’all – this simple throwback of a dispenser has been a life-changer in my honey-pouring saga.
#2: How to store raw honey.
You could always keep the honey in the glass container the honey came in, but if it’s plastic, I always opt for store the honey in an air-tight glass jar.
Because plastic allows for water loss in the honey, which causes crystallization.
This 24 ounces wide mouth Mason jar is perfect!
I wrote a post on how I use/love these jars HERE.
They work like a boss at storing sticky honey.
As you know, I’m not a fan outta of eating salads out of mason jars, but I use the heck out of them for storage.
While these big boys are perfect for storing all my raw honey, they were horrible for dispensing.
I’d unscrew the lid – two pieces – ugh.
I’d gently tilt.
Nope…not enough… tilt more….gaa, too much.
Not a good way to start a day.
Today, I’m a happy honey pourer and storer, and I hope you are too.
Hope this helps if you are facing the same dilemma.
Get you a teardrop dispenser and rock the 50s, y’all.
And if the above sentence means nothing to you, get one anyway.
Yer gonna love it.
When you use it, give a nod to grannies ever’wher that make sure you have something delicious to eat.
Original Post: January 9, 2019 ~ New Post: April 7, 2021
Thursday 8th of April 2021
Thank you so much for this article, it helps a LOT. I was storing my honey in the fridge, will not do so any more, Thanks much.
Friday 9th of April 2021
So happy to help!
Tuesday 28th of May 2019
Try a honey dropper. It’s a ball with deep grooves and a handle. Dip it in a container of honey and then twist it a couple of times. The drip will stop. Hold it over the target and give a little shake and the honey will start to flow. When you have enough, give the dripper a twist and the flow will stop long enough to return it to the container. I keep mine in a bowl with a lid that has a notch for the handle.
Wednesday 29th of May 2019
I have seen them, but have never used one - thanks Kay!