The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life

A slew of factors—its acidity, its lack of water and the presence of hydrogen peroxide—work in perfect harmony, allowing the sticky treat to last forever

Source: The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life | Science | Smithsonian

For this and other bee-related stories, see SKA Bee News.

It’s honey time! Time to check your stores…

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Seven Kings honey. Not actually from kings, but it certainly is fit for kings. Have you checked how much you have left in the cupboard?

Spring is here and I know all of you who complain of different allergies swear by taking honey from before the season really starts.

Well, I’ve just bottled a load of honey and will be bottling more as it is already going fast.

I have my usual Seven Kings honey – which always goes very fast – which is £7 for a 454g/1lb jar.

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This excellent local honey comes from near to Epping and is absolutely delicious on bread, toast, cakes, in drinks, off the spoon. It even looks good just in the jar…

I also have some excellent multifloral Essex honey from a friend of mine who keeps bees near Epping.

This honey is very much like own. It’s a multifloral honey – that just means it’s made up of the nectars of many different types of flowers, as my own Seven Kings one is – and is available in 454g/1lb jars for just £6 each.

It is the same quality as the Seven Kings honey from a very similar area, but some people want Seven Kings only, whereas others just want good quality raw local honey.

 

 

Mead, The Drink of the Gods | Brink of Freedom

Mead, The Drink of the Gods | Brink of Freedom

I made a couple of batches of mead earlier in the summer.

I did it properly (everything sanitised, etc) but left them to finish fermentation on their own and measured – all good.

Did it with two different honeys – borage and my own omnifloral – and will be trying it soon.

If you have any recipes or tips, why not share them below?

Shock finding: More than 75 percent of all ‘honey’ sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all, by definition

This may be a US story, but the same is likely to be true of many of the processed brands in our own supermarkets. 

Worried? Then buy your honey from a source you can trust – your local beekeeper.

Shock finding: More than 75 percent of all ‘honey’ sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all, by definition – Shock finding: More than 75 percent of all ‘honey’ sold in grocery stores contains no honey at all, by definition.