Can You Freeze Honey?

Honey is an amazing super food that is extremely versatile. It can be used for many different dishes, sauces, dips, marinades, almost anything you want to add a lovely sweet flavor. Unlike most raw food, honey will never go bad if left on the shelf, however a large quantity of honey will take up space and after a few years, bacterial growth will begin to grow in the honey. 

Luckily, honey can be frozen and this is a great way to save a large quantity of honey. Freezing honey will not change the flavor or quality whatsoever, as long as it’s frozen right. In fact, you may notice that honey never actually freezes solid, much like molasses, because of its low water content. Even in freezing temperatures, honey will just become extremely thick and move much slower, but in this case, that is considered frozen. 

How To Freeze Honey

There is one solid and effective way to freeze honey. Here is how you can do it. 

  1. Get a jar with a tight sealing lid. Glass is preferred.
  2. Pour honey into the jar, leaving about an inch or two of space in case of any expansion. 
  3. Tightly seal the jar and wipe it down.
  4. Place the jar in a plastic bag, seal the bag and put it in the freezer. 
  5. Technically, honey can be frozen for 100’s of years, so once its there, it’ll be fine forever until you are ready to thaw.

How to Thaw Honey

To thaw the honey, there are a few options you have. You can microwave the jar, you can put the jar in boiling water or you can simply just put the jar in the fridge and wait. 

Microwave

  1. Place the jar in the microwave and microwave for 30 seconds at a time until all thawed.

Boiling Water

  1. Get a pot big enough to hold your jar of honey
  2. Bring water to a boil and set the jar in until the honey has thawed

Waiting

Depending on how large your jar is, this could take some time, but is an effective way of thawing your honey. 

Once your honey has been thawed, it should not be frozen again, as this will begin to break down the nutritional value of the honey. Keep this in mind when you are freezing your honey. If you have a large amount, freeze it in a few smaller jars instead of one large one for when you are ready to thaw it out. 

Freezing honey is an excellent way to save your honey and space! Although honey doesn’t really need to be frozen, it can still easily be done and you will have honey for hundreds of years.