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Bill in UT : 4/6/2021 9:59 pm
No, I don't mean you, smartass. I mean honey from bees. I will assume that like me, many of you have had a bottle of honey sitting around in the cupboard until it got all grainy, looked like shit, and you threw it out. Fact is, that maybe more than anything else, honey is a food that never goes bad. Here's how you can restore it:

According to Goodlifeeats:

"Decrystalize Honey By Soaking in Water
My favorite way to decrystallize honey is to boil water in my tea kettle, then place the jar or container of honey in a large bowl or pot and pour the hot water around it. Let it soak for several minutes until the honey has softened and liquified itself again.

How long it needs to soak will depend on how crystallized it is, how cold it has been stored at, and the quantity of honey. Naturally, a larger container will take longer than a small amount.

If needed, replenish with additional hot water if it is taking a long time.

2. Decrystalize Honey in the Microwave
Another way to decrystallize honey is to place the honey in a microwave-safe container, with the lid removed. Then, microwave the honey over medium power for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between microwaving sessions. Continue until it has been decrystallized. Be careful not to scorch or boil the honey.
What I don’t prefer about this method, is that you can’t really do this with crystalized honey that comes in a plastic bottle. The microwave can warp the plastic. I tried this before and my bottle definitely came out shrunken and misshapen, so you really need to remove the honey and put it in a glass or ceramic container. But, that can be kind of difficult when the honey is stuck in its solid state. Unless the container has a wide enough mouth to scoop the honey out and transfer it to another bowl or jar that is microwave safe!"

For other foods that last forever, or close to it, see link. Luckily, everything in you liquor cabinet fits the bill :)


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It never goes bad  
Bill L : 4/6/2021 10:06 pm : link
Otoh, as I learned this year but never new (New Englander that I am), you have to refrigerate or freeze maple syrup because it does grow stuff.
RE: It never goes bad  
Bill in UT : 4/6/2021 10:12 pm : link
In comment 15212131 Bill L said:
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Otoh, as I learned this year but never new (New Englander that I am), you have to refrigerate or freeze maple syrup because it does grow stuff.


But I bet the stuff it grows is delicious
Haven't they recovered  
section125 : 4/6/2021 10:17 pm : link
honey from the Egyptian tombs, thousands of years old, and it was still ok?
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Bill in UT : 4/6/2021 10:19 pm : link
In comment 15212140 section125 said:
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honey from the Egyptian tombs, thousands of years old, and it was still ok?


I don't know. Gidie may have bought some of that, it would be out of my range :)
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thomasa510 : 4/6/2021 10:25 pm : link
In comment 15212140 section125 said:
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honey from the Egyptian tombs, thousands of years old, and it was still ok?


Yes, this is true. It has virtually no water in it and anti microbial elements that allows it to survive for a long time if stored in certain ways.

great local honey here in the Hudson Valley -  
Del Shofner : 4/6/2021 10:29 pm : link
I consume a lot of it in my tea every day. It doesn't have time to get crystallized or whatever. Tastes great and helps with allergies to the local pollens. Comes from an apiary about 7 or 8 miles away.
Bill. Thanks for the advice about the tough brisket.  
Marty in Albany : 4/6/2021 11:16 pm : link
I cooked it for another hour and it was soft as butter.
Speaking of restoring things  
santacruzom : 4/7/2021 12:33 am : link
I finally got fed up with all my brown sugar bags becoming credible substitutes for concrete after a few months, so I researched a solution. They sell these ceramic things you soak in water and place in your brown sugar container, and they work miracles.
RE: Bill. Thanks for the advice about the tough brisket.  
Bill in UT : 4/7/2021 12:37 am : link
In comment 15212198 Marty in Albany said:
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I cooked it for another hour and it was soft as butter.


Great :)
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Bill L : 4/7/2021 7:56 am : link
In comment 15212232 santacruzom said:
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I finally got fed up with all my brown sugar bags becoming credible substitutes for concrete after a few months, so I researched a solution. They sell these ceramic things you soak in water and place in your brown sugar container, and they work miracles.


Do you have a link or a product name? I have the same problems with my brown sugar.
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Bill in UT : 4/7/2021 8:56 am : link
In comment 15212293 Bill L said:
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In comment 15212232 santacruzom said:


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I finally got fed up with all my brown sugar bags becoming credible substitutes for concrete after a few months, so I researched a solution. They sell these ceramic things you soak in water and place in your brown sugar container, and they work miracles.



Do you have a link or a product name? I have the same problems with my brown sugar.


Put brown sugar clumps in a bowl, cover with damp paper towel. Microwave 20 seconds at a time, mushing down anything that starts to soften. It should all be soft in a few minutes. Also, just Google "brown sugar softener stone"
sugar, sugar  
fkap : 4/7/2021 9:20 am : link
you are my candy, girl
sugar, sugar  
fkap : 4/7/2021 9:21 am : link
you are my candy, girl
RE: It never goes bad  
VTChuck : 4/7/2021 9:49 am : link
In comment 15212131 Bill L said:
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Otoh, as I learned this year but never new (New Englander that I am), you have to refrigerate or freeze maple syrup because it does grow stuff.


Still salvageable.....Pour into a pot, heat on the stove until nearly boiling, add a peeled potato, simmer and skim off any crud floating on top, Discard potato. if necessary, pour through cheesecloth. May seem like a lot of work, but real maple syrup is $$$$$$
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Bill L : 4/7/2021 10:28 am : link
In comment 15212399 VTChuck said:
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In comment 15212131 Bill L said:


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Otoh, as I learned this year but never new (New Englander that I am), you have to refrigerate or freeze maple syrup because it does grow stuff.



Still salvageable.....Pour into a pot, heat on the stove until nearly boiling, add a peeled potato, simmer and skim off any crud floating on top, Discard potato. if necessary, pour through cheesecloth. May seem like a lot of work, but real maple syrup is $$$$$$


Thanks! Vters are good to have here. (Mom was actually once a Vter and even worked at a place selling maple syrup, but she had no useful advice for me).
what does the potato do?  
Bill L : 4/7/2021 10:29 am : link
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RE: what does the potato do?  
VTChuck : 4/7/2021 12:32 pm : link
In comment 15212456 Bill L said:
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Dunno... Followed instructions from farmers wife who was a life long sugarer
Just to clarify  
Buzzard64 : 4/7/2021 1:55 pm : link
I am a Maple Syrup Producer. Maple Syrup can be kept indefinitely in the container without refrigeration as long as the Original Seal has not been broken. Yes...once opened it must be refrigerated but until that time it can sit on the shelf with no problems.
Nice timely thread Bill in Ut  
smshmth8690 : 4/7/2021 9:40 pm : link
I just 'uncrystallized' about a qt. of honey that was on the back of the storage rack today. It was right next to an opened bottle of Maple Syrup, that after reading Buzzards notes above on syrup, will have to be checked for quality tomorrow! I fear the worst, as I have another open bottle that people have been using that is right in the front of the rack....
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santacruzom : 4/8/2021 2:33 pm : link
In comment 15212293 Bill L said:
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In comment 15212232 santacruzom said:


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I finally got fed up with all my brown sugar bags becoming credible substitutes for concrete after a few months, so I researched a solution. They sell these ceramic things you soak in water and place in your brown sugar container, and they work miracles.



Do you have a link or a product name? I have the same problems with my brown sugar.


Yep.
Brown Sugar Saver - ( New Window )
Like Del I stick to local when it comes to honey and  
gidiefor : Mod : 4/9/2021 9:40 pm : link
male syrup -- and you can use the same technique of syrup as the honey

RE: Like Del I stick to local when it comes to honey and  
Bill in UT : 4/9/2021 9:41 pm : link
In comment 15215350 gidiefor said:
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male syrup -- and you can use the same technique of syrup as the honey


Sorry, I don't want to hear anything more about you and male syrup
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