1) How do I decrystallize raw honey?
All raw honey crystallizes slowly with time. In fact, it is one of the main differences between raw honey and pasteurized or filtered honey. Crystallized honey is completely safe to eat, but if you would like to return your honey to its original liquid state just follow these steps:
1) Place open glass jar of honey in a pot of hot water so that the water covers slightly more than half of the jar.
2) Allow jar of honey to stay partially submerged, stirring occasionally, until honey is completely decrystallized.
The temperature of the water is crucial so as not to damage the integrity of the honey. You want the water to be roughly 105 degrees, which is the temperature of a hot bath. Temperatures in this range will return raw honey to a liquid state without destroying its beneficial enzymes and micronutrients.
2) Where is your company located?
Basic Honey is a migratory company that splits time between sunny South Dakota and the untamed woods of northern Florida. We migrate based on the season, spending summers and early fall in Pukwana, South Dakota extracting clover honey and winters and spring in Live Oak, Florida extracting gallberry and orange blossom honey. Depending on the time of year, your honey will arrive freshly extracted from whichever place we are in!
3) Do you sell white beeswax?
The yellow beeswax we sell is the exact color that it comes out of the hives. While we go out of our way to maintain its color and aroma, we avoid any further processing of the beeswax. Most white beeswax is either chemically bleached or run through carbon filters.
4) Is your beeswax organic?
Organic beeswax is something of an illusion in the sense that products produced by bees are extremely malleable to the environment the bees exist in. Unless you can control every aspect of the environment within the entire apiary’s working area you cannot guarantee the products produced by that apiary are truly organic. Our bees cover several counties while foraging and to say we can control the actions of human interaction within the confines of several counties would be a lie.
That being said, we scrutinize every hive location in order to ensure the bees are completely surrounded by natural wildlife. This gives the bees access to native, seasonal flowers from which they gather their nectar.
5) Does honey ever go bad?
No! Honey has an amazing shelf life and is safe to eat indefinitely.
It is said the oldest dated honey found was from over 5,000 years ago! Whether or not that honey would still be delicious is up for debate.
That being said, honey is at its best immediately after it is extracted. Over a period of many months to years, the complex flavor profile of the honey degrades into a more monotonous, generic taste. In addition, honey slowly darkens and loses its floral aroma with time, which is further evidence of quality degradation.
Sadly, most store bought honey is already 2-3 years old, which is why few people have ever experienced the drastic flavor differences between fresh honey varietals.
6) Do different types of honey taste different?
Different honeys definitely have unique flavor profiles indicative of the specific flower variety that sourced the nectar. These differences are most prominent when fresh from the hive. We offer brief descriptions of these different characteristics in our honey descriptions, but to truly understand them you have to taste it!