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12-30-2005, 01:48 PM
Hello all,

I've been keeping my jar of comed honey in the cupboard since May. I forgot about it until a few weeks ago. It seems okay but I was just wondering how long honey can stay in the cupboard until it can't be consumed?

The Honey House
12-30-2005, 02:33 PM
A long time if properly stored.
Try a goggle search.
Here's one for example: http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/gen01/gen01338.htm

[ December 30, 2005, 10:17 PM: Message edited by: The Honey House ]

12-30-2005, 02:39 PM
I've read that it is the only human food that never spoils.

Dick Allen
12-30-2005, 04:26 PM
It probably won't be long before someone says: "Honey has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs, and it was still good!" ;)

12-30-2005, 04:27 PM
It depends on how many kids who like PB and Honey sandwiches.

But seriously, honey will remain unspoiled for an indefinite time as long as it doesn't get water in it.


12-30-2005, 04:38 PM
Thank you all for your replies. I remember reading that refrigerating honey isn't necessary. The honey tasted as good as when it was purchased but I figure I'd ask anyway.

Dick Allen
12-30-2005, 04:42 PM
It does remain good (for us) a long time, but honey continues to undergo changes in storage. Lesley Bailey writes in 'Pathology of the Honey Bee' that old honey (several years) is not good for bees. I don't personally know since my honey always disappears before several years have elapsed.

Michael Bush
12-30-2005, 05:38 PM
I think 3000 years is the limit. After that you should put it in a museum. smile.gif

01-03-2006, 12:07 PM
I remember reading that refrigerating honey isn't necessary. Not only is it not necessary, it is definitely not recommended since it will crystalize much quicker in a refrigerator then it will in the cupboard. However, you can put it in the freezer for long term storage (however it would be a little hard to spread on a PB sandwich when it's that cold). smile.gif

Dick Allen
01-03-2006, 03:13 PM
It can be frozen this way, too: