Good news! You can store honey in your pantry for a realllllllllly long time. It’s delicious, so you won’t, but you could!
Naturally, there are ways to store the honey that allow it to keep for long periods and still taste amazing. Here are some tips for long term storage of honey:
- The big key is simple – don’t refrigerate the honey. Store it at room temperature (between 70 and 80 degrees).
- Keep it in a dark place – the light won’t ruin your honey but the dark will help it retain it’s flavor and consistency better.
- Your honey, if stored long enough, will probably crystallize. Don’t panic! It’s still great. Just put the jar of honey in a pot of warm (not boiling!) water.
- Keep it sealed – it’s ok to open honey and put it back in for storage, but keep the seal tight and clean. Introducing other “things” – like food chunks – can interfere with the preservation.
- Over time, the honey will change – it may become darker, or the flavors may shift. This is natural.
There’s no definite time that you can keep your raw honey stored – there has been honey found in Egyptian tombs that is still edible! However, we’d recommend using it within a year or so for best flavor. It’s so good that we don’t see it last that long though, typically.
You can also “freeze” honey, if you desire. The honey never truly freezes, but it will sure seem like it. Place the honey in, for instance, an ice cube tray and then bag the “frozen” cubes with a date. You can plop them right in your tea!
As with any food, you should not eat the honey if you see visible mold growth or similar concerns.