Honey, I’ve Been Crystallized!

Today I had to take my eldest child to the doctor for a sore throat.  While we waited for the rapid strep result, our wonderful nurse practitioner  provided us with some suggestions on how to ease the throat pain when we came home.  

One of the tried and true home remedies is a spoonful of honey to coat the throat.  We have used this one many times in the past with excited participation from the children.  

However, I knew the raw, local honey we had at home had crystallized.  Some may wonder if crystallized honey means the honey has gone bad? Simply put, no, it is still good.  In fact, honey does not have an expiration date.  The crystallization means that the honey is more pure and less processed than the non-crystallized kinds.  

But back to my dilemma: Was I going to let the solidified honey deter me from soothing my child’s throat?  Not a chance, because I had a nice handy trick up my sleeve that would liquify the honey again and make a sick kid smile! 

Here’s the Golden Ticket:

  • Heat a bowl of water  (bigger than the size of your honey jar)–I put the bowl of water in the microwave for 2 mins 30 secs .
  • Place your honey jar in the bowl 
  • Depending on the degree of crystallization it may take awhile for the honey to liquify–mine took about 5 mins


By the time my daughter went to bed, I was once again back to SUPERMOM status and saved the day with a spoonful of honey.  Hope you find this little tip helpful the next time you are caught in a similar sticky situation!

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