Dear Home Ec 101,
I don’t really like honey, but I keep it around for when my grandkids visit. It always gets grainy and I don’t trust that it’s safe for the kids. Is there a way to prevent this from happening?
Honey crystallizes over time, it’s just a fact of life.
The more pollen contained in the honey, the faster it will crystallize. Don’t worry, the crystallized honey is safe, but the texture isn’t really that appealing.
You can heat the honey gently to dissolve the crystals and it will be good as new, for a very short time; the crystals tend to reform pretty rapidly. You can either place the container in a warm water bath or pour the honey in a microwave safe container and microwave on low power, stirring occasionally until the crystals dissolved.
Don’t store honey in the refrigerator, this may accelerate the crystallization process. Keep it in a cupboard that has a stable temperature (not over the stove, for example) to get the longest crystal-free shelf life. It is also fine to freeze honey in freezer safe containers, but not really necessary for safety’s sake.
Above all else, remember to never give honey to an infant.