Honey FAQ: Storing Honey January 19th, 2015

One of the most frequent questions we get is about the storage of honey.

Most people know that honey is one of the few ingredients that will most likely never spoil. Why? Honey has a moisture content of about 17%, a low pH and antimicrobial properties. Regardless, it is still very important to store honey properly to maintain its integrity.

General Honey Storage Guidelines

  • Best stored in a sealed container at room temperature, between 64-75˚F (18-24˚C)
  • Cooler temperatures, between 35-60˚F, hasten honey’s natural crystallization process
  • Honey stored at temperatures above 85˚F for extended periods of time will darken in color and be subject to subtle flavor changes
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With more and more people eating meals and snacks on the go, energy bars are more popular than ever.

More people than ever are reaching for the quick snacks like energy bars. But, consumers also are demanding options that are all-natural and gluten-free. The food bars market, including cereal/granola bars and energy bars are projected to reach $8.3 billion by 2016. The bar market is flourishing and one in five Americans eat a bar daily.

Honey plays a versatile role in both the flavor and added health benefits of many energy bars. Here are three made with honey bars on the market.

  • Breeze Bars have an entire line of gluten-, dairy-, and wheat-free snack bars all made with clover honey.
  • Organic honey is used to sweeten Glutino’s Chocolate & Peanut Organic Bars.
  • Honey Stinger’s line of energy bars contain more than 30% honey in each bar and are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients to make snacking on the go a healthier option.

Want to develop a bar with honey? Check out this great energy bar formula.

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Honey has punched its ticket as 2015’s flavor of the year thanks to its flavor, form and functionality.

Honey named as flavor of the year for 2015

Although honey is a classic flavor and sweetener, the popularity of the ingredient is on the rise as it gets paired with spicy and savory flavors and ingredients.

Honey’s rise in popularity has also been attributed to the fact that it’s an all-natural sweetener. As more new honey products fill up the shelves at the supermarkets, we’d like to share some of our favorites.

Baking: Marlenka Classic Honey Nuggets

These custard filled honey cakes are made according to an old Armenian family recipe and the Classic Honey Nuggets belong to a line that also includes Cocoa Honey and Lemon Honey.

Beverages: Americana Honey Cream Soda

This award-winning gourmet soda from Homer Soda Company in Homer, IL, is handcrafted and blended using locally harvested honey.

Candy: Life By Chocolate Tamarind & Honey chocolates

One of Life By Chocolate’s most popular confections is this 12-piece set of organic chocolates made with local New York honey and tart tamarind.

Dairy: Philadelphia Cream Cheese Honey Pecan

Fresh from the farm to the creamery fridge in just six days, this spread contains sweet honey with roasted pecans blended with fresh milk and real cream.

Snacking: Blue Diamond Honey Nut Thins

Perfect for snacking, Blue Diamond Nut Thins comes in two varieties packed with honey. Honey Cinnamon and Honey Mustard Nut Thins are made with honey, rice and almonds.

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