How to store your honey

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How to store your honey

After a hard season of continuous, passionate and sometimes painful labor, the beekeeper can congratulate himself on harvesting his honey.
The key is to keep it well and pack it as it should, so as not to alter its taste and aroma.


How to store honey

To keep honey properly, you have to pay attention to certain points:

Hygiene 

Cleanliness is one of the golden rules to guarantee a good quality honey. A requirement that applies to the workspace as well as to the tools and equipment used when handling beehives and honey. Daily cleanliness (hot water and detergents) followed by very good drying.

Moisture

A water content above 19 to 20% is detrimental to the quality of the honey. This is why, and especially in humid climates, the beekeeper should keep his honey in a dry place, to avoid the problem of alcoholic fermentation.

Therefore, it is necessary to process the honey quickly, as soon as it is extracted from its hive. If, despite all precautions, the humidity level is found to be too high, the beekeeper can reduce it by blowing air over the honey (with an electric fan) for several hours.

Heat

The beekeeper must avoid leaving his honey in a hot place, above 18 ° C, to avoid the development of HMF, an organic compound that degrades the quality of one of the main sugars contained in honey (fructose). It is the HMF that determines the age of honey and the heat to which it has been subjected.

For a clean and pure product, during all steps of the processing of honey, the beekeeper must remain vigilant as to the cleanliness of the finished product. In fact, it is not only beeswax particles that can pollute honey, there is also plenty of insects. Cockroaches, ants and other flying insects are quickly attracted to the smell of honey and they stick to it easily.

Potting up your honey

A quality product must benefit from good packaging to prevent it from deteriorating under the effect of such circumstance (weather, transport, etc.).

To package the honey he has just harvested, the beekeeper uses food-compliant containers, preferably transparent in color, to show the honey's color and purity.

Packaging can be done in:

  • plastic pots
  • glass jars: this is the most common method
  • stainless steel containers


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