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Does Honey Really Last Forever?

Does Honey Really Last Forever?

Does Honey Really Last Forever

The Big Question

Grandmothers everywhere have been bragging [forever] about how their honey ‘will last forever.’ But is there any truth to their tales? Does honey last forever? According to, not only grandmothers, but also various wacky fact sites and Did you know magazine sections, and experts, it is true. Or rather, it can be true, depending on the craftsmanship of the particular jar of honey.

The Answer(s)

So the answer is: Yes; Usually; and It depends.  Processed honey’s shelf life is not defined. If the jar of honey has been processed and prepared perfectly it will not spoil. On the other hand, if it was created with haste, microbes will grow and spoil the batch.

If you’re hoping to grow old with a jar of unprocessed honey, such as honey straight from the beehive, you may find yourself lonely after only a year or so. The impurities of the unprocessed honey remain in the honey, making it more vulnerable to spoiling.

Why? How?

Bees, in an attempt to create a storable food, created a super-storable food. But how does it last so long? In simple terms, honey, by default, is not a happy home for bacteria. Honey is practically void of water, not to mention excess water. It is jam packed with sugar, too. This combination, along with a low pH measure, makes honey a very dry place. This dry environment is not so inviting to bacteria. Even if they do get in, they dry out pretty fast through osmosis.

So, now you know the question that’s been plaguing us all for years. Read on to learn even more on the subject!

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  1. Norman Bussel

    August 1, 2014 at 2:25 am

    May you last as long as honey!

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