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A guide to honey’s color
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Did you know that honey isn’t just amber in color?

That’s right, honey comes in a variety of colors, and even has its own grading system! Find out how the color and flavor of honey change depending on the varietal.

How is honey’s color graded?

The United States Department of Agriculture classifies the color of honey into seven categories: water white, extra white, extra light amber, light amber, amber and dark amber. The standard system for measuring the color of honey is called the Pfund color grading system. A Pfund color grader is a standard amber-colored glass wedge that goes from light to dark. Honey is measured on a scale of millimeters, where 0 mm would be on the extreme left of the water white bar and 140 mm is at the extreme right of the dark amber bar.

What makes honey a certain color?

The color of honey depends on the flower source visited by the honey bees. With more than 300 types of honey in the United States, each originating from a different floral source, it’s safe to say that not all honey looks the same.

Does color correlate with the flavor of honey?

Generally, light-colored honeys have a milder taste, while the flavor of darker colored honeys is stronger. However, there are exceptions to the rule. A light honey such as basswood is generally considered strong flavored while the darker tulip poplar is considered mild.

Does the color of honey change?

The color of honey can deepen in color as it ages, and become lighter when it crystallizes. These changes do not affect its flavor.

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Did you know candy corn is made with honey?
Monday, October 24th, 2016

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Everyone knows the distinctive orange, yellow and white candy corn colors.

The bright candies symbolize Halloween and make for a festive decorating for fall. But did you know that some candy corn is made with honey?

Brach’s Candy Corn uses honey to create America’s #1 selling candy corn. The recipe has remained the same for more than 100 years. Zachary Confections Old Fashioned Candy Corn also uses this sweet ingredient for the perfect candy treat. They market the “made with honey” treat with a honey dipper on the front of the bag.

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The shocking fact about honey’s shelf life
Friday, October 7th, 2016

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Product developers commonly ask, “What is the shelf life of honey?” Most find themselves in shock to find out there isn’t one.

That is right, if kept under the right conditions honey will not spoil.

Archeologists have discovered preserved honey while digging in Egypt, and to their surprise, the honey was still edible. Although we do not suggest leaving it on the shelf for that long, it does prove that honey has the capability to outlast our own lives.

Honey’s moisture content (about 17%), low pH and antibacterial properties make it one of the only ingredients that will most likely not spoil. It is, however, still important to store honey properly to maintain its integrity.

Honey should be kept in a sealed container at room temperature, between 64-75°F and out of direct sunlight. If honey is kept in cooler temperatures, between 35-60°F, it is known to hasten honey’s natural crystallization process. But that is not an end for honey.

If honey crystalizes, it can be saved by heating. Honey can be placed in hot water and slightly shaken to reduce or remove crystallization. Different varietals of honey may take longer than others to crystalize, and some actually have a low tendency to crystalize at all. Either way, it can be saved!

The next time you purchase honey, there is no need to fear. With proper care, your honey is here to stay.

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