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Honey Mold
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Ludwig    Posted 12-17-2002 at 18:59:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi all,
I've got a quart of honey we bought last month but now its got some wierd white foam on top.
I scooped out the foam as best I could but the honey is still somewhat cloudy.
I've been told that honey doesn't go bad, but this doesn't smell real good and in a cup of tea it doesn't taste right either.
I hate to throw out the whole quart, especially when I've got some still on the comb thats been good forever. That old stuff has lost some flavor but is still a favorite on waffles.


Spence    Posted 12-18-2002 at 17:25:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had some maple surop start to go moldy. First time too. Have to keep it in the fridge from now
on.

Honey going moldy, I don't think so. The liquid honey may sugar out, and the honey spread may get harder. I'd throw it out and get it fresh from the farmers. Real easy to find too, just ask around.




rhudson, foreign honey?    Posted 12-18-2002 at 08:58:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
over the past few years, i've seen a lot of imported honey ferment. almost always due to diluting the honey with water. as others have pointed out if bees are allowed to dehydrate the honey, it will not allow the growth of bacteria. in fact, it has anti-bacterial affects. honey will absorb moisture from the atmosphere so it should be stored in a closed container. support your local bee keepers, they have one of the best and most natural products nature has to offer.


Tom A    Posted 12-18-2002 at 03:55:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ludwig:

There are a couple of possibilities to consider.

When honey is extracted from the comb, air gets mixed in, in the form of very tiny bubbles. If it is then bottled too quickly, the air rises to the top and causes foam, and most times it is pretty ugly. Big bubbles rise first, but the little tiny ones make the honey look cloudy and sometimes take a few weeks to all rise. So my first guess is that who ever you got the honey from bottled too soon after extracting. There's no harm from the foam, it is just very ugly looking. You can skim it off the top with a spoon if it bothers you.

Fully cured honey won't grow mold (or bacteria, either). Problem is that some beekeepers and companies will harvest and pack honey before it is ready--the moisture content is too high. Even then, the typical reaction is for the honey to start fermenting. This will also produce a bunch of tiny foamy bubbles on top. Tastes bad, but won't hurt you. That's the second most-likely problem. If it is only slightly fermented, you can warm it to no more than 140 degrees fahrenheit for about an hour or so, which will eliminate the alcohol and the excess water without altering the taste too much (nope, still not as good as 'in the comb'!).

The taste of honey varies greatly based on what flowers were blooming at the time the bees collected the nectar. I can get 2 or 3 different 'flavors' here if I'm careful just by harvesting at the right time of season. Sometimes the bees will get nectar from flowers that produce unusual or 'off' flavors; most of us won't bottle that but will feed it back to the bees for their own use. Still, some folks might, or might have done it accidently...guess not everybody samples their own wares.

If you bought it from a local beekeeper, go back and let him know you're not happy with it. He may replace it, he may buy it back (to feed back for winter stores for the bees, and for the good will it generates). If you bought that imported Chinese or Argentinian stuff from the grocery store, well...maybe next time you should try some local honey.

Tom A


Larry    Posted 12-18-2002 at 06:49:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Tom,
I knew an old beeman who used to harvest basswood honey. I always liked this the best of all other types. Do you harvest any?


Tom A    Posted 12-19-2002 at 04:19:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Larry: Yep, I love basswood honey, too. I don't product it yet. But two years ago I planted a Linden tree which is where basswood honey comes from. Mine is now about 8-9 feet tall, and my bees work the blooms but it won't be big enough to produce any measurable 'pure' basswood honey for another 20-30 years. I hope somebody will have bees at my place then, but I suspect it won't be me.

Tom A


Ludwig    Posted 12-18-2002 at 06:30:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Tom.
We've had this honey for about 3 weeks now. It was good when we first got it but now has a definate off taste. I ate some yesterday and I feel fine today so either its fermentation or its a bacteria my gut is able to deal with.
I'll try heating it to quit the fermentation.

Oh, it was local honey, just not local to here. We bought it near my grandmother's house 450 miles away...


katie    Posted 01-12-2005 at 18:09:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
why dasent mold grow on honey


TB    Posted 12-17-2002 at 19:29:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pure honey wont mould do to high suger content.However if it is not pure it could.
Here is some info on honey.


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