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What does raw honey look like?

 
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05/02/2010 05:05 PM
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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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True.. real honey is anti-microbial.
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05/02/2010 05:09 PM
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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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As far as I know there is no regulation behind honey labeling. Anyone can label honey as raw, even if it isn't. Raw honey typically can be filtered to remove wax particles and bee parts, but it cannot be heated. Some beekeepers around here do sell honey that's been heated as "raw", and they state it is for safety. That's bullshit. There's never been a case of honey-related illness, and honey never goes bad. It's used as a wound dressing for severe burns.

You won't know unless you actually get in touch with the beekeeper.

I've gone through dozens of bottles of honey, both raw and grocery store brand. I can tell the difference between pure raw and honey that's been messed with. Pure raw honey tends to have a "tingle" to it because the enzymes and probiotics are still intact. Honey is a product that is "alive", it is a food source. If your honey tastes like syrup it's probably not raw honey.
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05/02/2010 05:12 PM
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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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I lived on 13 acres as a kid. We had an orchard. And this guy had white boxes full of bees in it. He gave us honey for payment (at least that's what I was told). The jars that he gave us weren't pasty. They were gold and pourable. I don't know if it came straight from the hive or not.
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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???

As far as I know there is no regulation behind honey labeling. Anyone can label honey as raw, even if it isn't. Raw honey typically can be filtered to remove wax particles and bee parts, but it cannot be heated. Some beekeepers around here do sell honey that's been heated as "raw", and they state it is for safety. That's bullshit. There's never been a case of honey-related illness, and honey never goes bad. It's used as a wound dressing for severe burns.

You won't know unless you actually get in touch with the beekeeper.

I've gone through dozens of bottles of honey, both raw and grocery store brand. I can tell the difference between pure raw and honey that's been messed with. Pure raw honey tends to have a "tingle" to it because the enzymes and probiotics are still intact. Honey is a product that is "alive", it is a food source. If your honey tastes like syrup it's probably not raw honey.
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Good answer. Thank you.
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05/02/2010 05:16 PM
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
Here's a light variety of honey. Notice it's already turned to a "cream" with crystallization. Typically when it's entirely crystallized I use it as a face wash.

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05/02/2010 05:19 PM
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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???

As far as I know there is no regulation behind honey labeling. Anyone can label honey as raw, even if it isn't. Raw honey typically can be filtered to remove wax particles and bee parts, but it cannot be heated. Some beekeepers around here do sell honey that's been heated as "raw", and they state it is for safety. That's bullshit. There's never been a case of honey-related illness, and honey never goes bad. It's used as a wound dressing for severe burns.

You won't know unless you actually get in touch with the beekeeper.

I've gone through dozens of bottles of honey, both raw and grocery store brand. I can tell the difference between pure raw and honey that's been messed with. Pure raw honey tends to have a "tingle" to it because the enzymes and probiotics are still intact. Honey is a product that is "alive", it is a food source. If your honey tastes like syrup it's probably not raw honey.
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The label on the stuff that I have states:

Raw - Unheated - Unfiltered

I just don't know whether to believe it.

I don't believe anything. Crap. ;)

Tingle me, Tarzan.

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05/02/2010 05:24 PM
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
I buy mine from a local bee keeper who is dedicated to keeping it raw. I tend to prefer clover honey, which is gold in colour. One standard jar takes roughly a month to crystallize, depending on where I store it.

In Canada, raw honey cannot be sold in stores, as far as I know. If you see it in a store, it's been pasteurized (which is a shame).
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Re: What does raw honey look like?
I buy mine from a local bee keeper who is dedicated to keeping it raw. I tend to prefer clover honey, which is gold in colour. One standard jar takes roughly a month to crystallize, depending on where I store it.

In Canada, raw honey cannot be sold in stores, as far as I know. If you see it in a store, it's been pasteurized (which is a shame).
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 905363


See, you just brought up a whole other subject without even knowing it, I'm sure.

I've never ever ever had honey crystallize on me. Ever. I'm a gigantic tea fan, and brew my tea in an antique teapot. Loose leaf tea only. With honey. After it's done brewing, of course. So I go through lots of honey. Usually I get it from a local produce stand. Never from the store. I've never had it go all sugary on me.

I just really want to know the definition of RAW honey. Is it just someone's fucking opinion or is there a real answer?

Thanks for you all reading and replying.
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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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