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What does raw honey look like?

 
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What does raw honey look like?
I'm confused. I've seen it in a pouring consistency, and a paste consistency, both labeled as raw. Seems to me that straight out of a beehive it wouldn't be so perfectly golden and pourable. That stuff has got to be processed somehow???

What is real raw honey and who's pulling the wool over our eyes for how much?
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05/02/2010 04:11 PM
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
It looks just like Honey you buy at the store.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
they spin it and filter it then jar it

google it dufuss head
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
welp lets se um here:


Ingredients:

Honey





.... hmmm....
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
You can buy raw honey from some bee keepers and also sometimes on the side of the road. Have you seen the jars with honey and part of the honeycomb in there with it?

As far as the processing, I don't know what they do with that, but since it's sold in mass to the public, they must do something.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
they spin it and filter it then jar it

google it dufuss head
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Real raw honey means it's had wax and particles filtered out without any other processing. Some honey in stores has corn syrup mixed in with it... It doesn't taste as good.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Real raw honey means it's had wax and particles filtered out without any other processing. Some honey in stores has corn syrup mixed in with it... It doesn't taste as good.
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Utter bullshit...
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 Quoting: Mister Obvious


that figures. Government: " HEY!!! that shit has healing properties!!! You can't sell it like that!!!! "
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
they spin it and filter it then jar it

google it dufuss head


dufus head chuckle


when you want to learn something come to GLP.
 Quoting: doomass 545433


Oh, man. Don't you think I have? (Googled it?)

Bozo.

I'm getting conflicting reports. Including what I have bought. They claim to be raw but look nothing alike. As far as the poster that asked about the honeycombs on top, yes, I've seen that. There's even stuff you can buy with what they claim to be some other thing, not honeycomb parts, but a sort of granular stuff that's real waxy.

Give me a break, peoples. I wouldn't ask if I already knew the freaking answer. I find the people here to be mostly animated and very knowledgeable where you would least expect it.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Varieties of processing
Crystallized honey is honey in which some of the glucose content has spontaneously crystallized from solution as the monohydrate. Also called "granulated honey."
Pasteurized honey is honey that has been heated in a pasteurization process. Pasteurization in honey reduces the moisture level, destroys yeast cells, and liquefies crystals in the honey. While this process sterilizes the honey and improves shelf-life, it has some disadvantages. Excessive heat-exposure also results in product deterioration, as it increases the level of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and reduces enzyme (e.g. diastase) activity. The heat also affects appearance, taste, and fragrance. Heat processing can also darken the natural honey color (browning).[39]
Raw honey is honey as it exists in the beehive or as obtained by extraction, settling or straining without adding heat (although some honey that has been "minimally processed" is often labeled as raw honey).[40] Raw honey contains some pollen and may contain small particles of wax. Local raw honey is sought after by allergy sufferers as the pollen impurities are thought to lessen the sensitivity to hay fever (see Medical Applications below).
Strained honey is honey which has been passed through a mesh material to remove particulate material (pieces of wax, propolis, other defects) without removing pollen, minerals or valuable enzymes.
Ultrafiltered honey is honey processed by very fine filtration under high pressure to remove all extraneous solids and pollen grains. The process typically heats honey to 150–170 °F (approx 65-77 °C) to more easily pass through the fine filter. Ultrafiltered honey is very clear and has a longer shelf life, because it crystallizes more slowly because of the high temperatures breaking down any sugar seed crystals, making it preferred by the supermarket trade. The heating process degrades certain qualities of the honey similar to the aforementioned pasteurization process.
Ultrasonicated honey is honey that has been processed by ultrasonication, a non-thermal processing alternative for honey. When honey is exposed to ultrasonication, most of the yeast cells are destroyed. Yeast cells that survive sonication generally lose their ability to grow. This reduces the rate of honey fermentation substantially. Ultrasonication also eliminates existing crystals and inhibits further crystallization in honey. Ultrasonically aided liquefaction can work at substantially lower temperatures of approximately 35 °C (95 °F) and can reduce liquefaction time to less than 30 seconds.[41]
Whipped honey, also called creamed honey, spun honey, churned honey, candied honey, and honey fondant, is honey that has been processed to control crystallization. Whipped honey contains a large number of small crystals in the honey. The small crystals prevent the formation of larger crystals that can occur in unprocessed honey. The processing also produces a honey with a smooth spreadable consistency.
Dried honey, has the moisture extracted from liquid honey to create a completely solid, non-sticky honey. This process may or may not include the use of drying and anti-binding agents. Dried honey is commonly used to garnish desserts.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Raw honey is white/yellow and opaque crystalline.

If you heat it up a bit it should flow and be less opaque.

Nothing wrong with crystalline honey, it's just old or has had time to crystallize. Stick the jar in some hot water for a while and it will be fine.

Honey does not spoil.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
I've had it with the comb...seemed a little thicker and stronger.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
be careful of the chinese honey

you have no idea what shit they might let those bees eat

get only pure local honey if you want to be safe

especially if you have local allergies to pollen

its a proven homeopathic way to reduce your irriation to local pollens
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."
- Frédéric Bastiat

food, water, ammo, weapons, battery back up solar, hand well pump, wood stove and 1 year of food...oh yeah PM's too...good luck
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Thank you for the intelligent answers. Yes, I thought that raw is more opaque, too. But now, I just don't know. My sister sent me some Tupelo and it says it's raw, but looks like regular old grocery store stuff.

I have no idea.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Raw honey has a darker hue than the processed variety. Another big difference is that it's naturally cloudy, ie., you won't be able to see through the jar to the other side. This is why the processing originally began, as folks thought the 'clearer' version was preferable, not realizing that processsing honey removed all nutrients.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Buy Honey Comb and chew it.
MMMM, MMM, MMM!

Everyonce and awhile you'll chew through a grub...

Double MMM, MMMM, MMMMMMMM
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Thank you for the intelligent answers. Yes, I thought that raw is more opaque, too. But now, I just don't know. My sister sent me some Tupelo and it says it's raw, but looks like regular old grocery store stuff.

I have no idea.
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Tupelo is the BEST! Very sweet in comparison to some of the others.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Buy Honey Comb and chew it.
MMMM, MMM, MMM!

Everyonce and awhile you'll chew through a grub...

Double MMM, MMMM, MMMMMMMM
 Quoting: Captain-sav-a-ho


That's pretty funny.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Thank you for the intelligent answers. Yes, I thought that raw is more opaque, too. But now, I just don't know. My sister sent me some Tupelo and it says it's raw, but looks like regular old grocery store stuff.

I have no idea.


Tupelo is the BEST! Very sweet in comparison to some of the others.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 957413


Omgosh. I still have some Tupelo left from a store in the mall in Boca (of all God forbidden places). I paid an arm and leg for this honey like an idiot. Now it just sits on my counter. It's in such a pretty bottle, you don't even want to use it. Like the other poster stated, honey does not go bad. If my memory serves, they found honey in the Pyramids in Egypt that was a couple thousand years old, and still good.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Depends on the plants from which it was collected.

Clover honey is almost white and pasty to hard.
Honey from akacias is light golden and very fluid.
Eucalyptus gives golden creamy honey.
Honey from the forrest is very dark, golden brown and fluid to stiff.
Buckwheat honey is brown and hard.

Honey comes in countless varieties.
From almost white to dark brown.
From fluid to hard.
From transparent to opaque.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Real raw honey means it's had wax and particles filtered out without any other processing. Some honey in stores has corn syrup mixed in with it... It doesn't taste as good.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 906238


Yup...if it doesn't eventually crystalize around the edges...that means it has been blended with corn syrup.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Depends on the plants from which it was collected.

Clover honey is almost white and pasty to hard.
Honey from akacias is light golden and very fluid.
Eucalyptus gives golden creamy honey.
Honey from the forrest is very dark, golden brown and fluid to stiff.
Buckwheat honey is brown and hard.

Honey comes in countless varieties.
From almost white to dark brown.
From fluid to hard.
From transparent to opaque.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 959225


Very interesting. Thank you.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
the raw honey from my bees, when they were near orchard, pasture, and meadowlands, was golden liquid when we extracted it from the combs by spinning. Over the winter, it crystallized and is a lighter color. I can put a small amount in a dish that is inside a larger dish of hot water, and the crystallized honey will turn liquid again.

I don't pasteurize it, just spin it and filter it, then put it in gallon glass jars. I think the temperature has more to do with crystallizing it than anything else, at least here where it gets really cold in the winter.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Real raw honey means it's had wax and particles filtered out without any other processing. Some honey in stores has corn syrup mixed in with it... It doesn't taste as good.


Utter bullshit...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 953432


Ok well I happen to have a bottle of it right here..


My camera wasn't focusing fully, but you can still read the ingredients: corn syrup, honey.

[link to img.photobucket.com]
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Raw honey is great.

It contains all the flavinoids from bee pollen, and propolis.

The flavinoids in raw honey (such as pinostrobin) show high anti-cancer activity in people.

One tablespoon per day should do it.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Real raw honey means it's had wax and particles filtered out without any other processing. Some honey in stores has corn syrup mixed in with it... It doesn't taste as good.


Utter bullshit...


Ok well I happen to have a bottle of it right here..


My camera wasn't focusing fully, but you can still read the ingredients: corn syrup, honey.

[link to img.photobucket.com]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 906238


Wow, that's like the maple syrup you can buy in the states. A few percent maple syrup, the rest corn syrup. Absolute crap.

Caveat emptor.
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Honey is as variant as wine and beer. It can range from a light yellow all the way to a dark brown. Real raw honey SHOULD crystallize.

Do not be afraid to use honey that has crystallized. It is still as good as the day you bought it and it will taste fine. If you are concerned about crystallization add a drop of hot water to the honey and then run the container under hot water for about 10 minutes, or leave the container in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes. It will get back some of it's fluidity.

Real honey does not rot or go bad. If your honey grows mold or smells rancid IT IS NOT HONEY!
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Wait! I don't mean to start an argument!!! Please don't do that!

Here's the thing, though. Even if it did have some bs mixed with it, it wouldn't be labeled as raw.

That's my question. Maybe anyone can label it as raw even if it isn't???
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
I live in the Snohomish river valley which is famous for our apiaries (bee farms).

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