How to store honey
It is known that storage of vegetables, fruits and other foods containing vitamins steadily decreases their supply. The same cannot be said for honey. Vitamins are perfectly stored in it for a long time.
But even such a product as honey must be stored properly.
The main condition that affects the quality and beneficial properties of honey is temperature.
It is best to store honey at temperatures from -5C ° to + 20C °.
It is undesirable to overheat honey. When heated above +40 C °, honey loses some of its enzymes and vitamins, and becomes just a sweet treat. Cooling honey affects its quality to a much lesser extent than heating it. And frequent changes in the storage temperature of honey can lead to uneven crystallization.
Another important condition for storing honey is container
Since honey is hydroscopic, it actively absorbs moisture from the environment. This leads to an increase in the mass fraction of water in honey, its fermentation and spoilage. Therefore, honey must be stored in a tightly closed container.
Tight-closing glass dishes or willow barrels are best suited for storing honey (conifers, oak, etc. are absolutely not suitable for storing honey).
Honey can be stored in earthenware, enamel or plastic dishes, but it is important to remember that untreated clay absorbs moisture, and plastic can be unstable to the somewhat aggressive composition of honey (you can only use plastic dishes for food), iron dishes can also react with the substances included in the composition of honey. It is categorically impossible to store honey in galvanized and copper containers, as honey will enter into a chemical reaction with them and can become poisonous.
It is important to remember that sunlight is extremely harmful to honey – it loses vitamins and enzymes, while retaining its taste and color.
Ideal storage conditions for honey: cool, dark place in tightly closed glass containers.
Shelf life of honey
Usually, manufacturers indicate on the packaging the shelf life according to GOST (GOST 19792-2001 “Natural honey” and GOST R 52451-2005 “Monofloral honey”) – 1 year. But this does not mean that after a year has passed, honey becomes unusable.
The shelf life of honey, subject to the storage conditions, is unlimited. Due to its preservative properties, honey retains its taste and useful properties for a very long time.
Some experts believe that over time, when stored properly, the honey tastes even better and the aroma is subtler due to the honey ripening process. It is known, for example, that monks in Russia preferred aged honey 2-3 years old. And in the hives of wild bees honey is stored for years and the age of the bee colony can be recognized by the color of mature honey, as by the rings on a tree.
To store it correctly, you must first choose the right honey.
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