I do not buy processed commercial honey; only local honey sold in jars from local beekeepers. Local honey is the best for me as it comes from local honey bees and I’m certain there are no extenders to lower the cost or other additives. I eat a teaspoon of honey in the morning to help with my allergies. If I keep some too long and it crystallizes it’s easy to restore, just adding a teaspoon or two of tap water right in the jar, and zapping it in the microwave for 15 - 20 seconds. Be sure you remove the lid before doing this. If once isn't enough try it again, just be sure you don't overheat it and boil it over. You'd have a big sticky mess if this happens. If you prefer you can use a saucepan with instead. Whatever you do, very hot honey will burn so be careful.
Fresh honey has a clear amber color, the exact shade depending on the pollen source and time the honey has been kept in storage. Do not use cloudy honey, but if honey turns a very dark color it just means it’s probably over a year old. Since it’s a shelf-stable food there’s no danger and can still be eaten safely. I’ve been given old honeys and soften them with the same method.
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