Cork Lids, good idea or bad?
Hi all! I have been using glass jars with Gold Plastisol lids for my honey. I really like my packaging and am quite pleased using shrink wrap with a hairdryer as my method for sanity and appealing looking packaging.
Lately, I have been wanting to bottle special seasonal honey (Black Mangrove) specifically. I would love to bottle it in an extra special glass container. There are many somewhat costly attractive bottles out there but many have cork lids as their closure method. One website even says, you can market your own honey in these special jars to boutique areas utilizing their shrink wrap seals. This mean they get that some other seal method besides just the cork itself is needed. Much like my gold plastisol lids, the shrink wrap seal gives it a sense of extra cleanliness and safety.
So the big ??? is.......
Does cork really work as a valid honey lid? I would think cork must have been used throughout the ages, but having been born after the Industrial Revolution, I've never, ever, seen honey bottled in a retail outlet with a Cork lid? Does the cork allow enough air through the breathability to affect the quality or moisture content of the honey? Would it promote mold or other problems? Most importantly, in this over-regulated world we live in, would cork be disciminated against in stores or with customers who might perceive it as inferior health wise as a closure system?
Cork is still used in many high end wines, although is bashed with lower end wines since they should not be stored for long, therefore the cork is unnecessary and possibly harmful. Of course that might be wine business marketing hooey to convince people cork isn't necessary in a bottle of wine..who knows.
For us honey people, I'm very anxious to get replies to this Cork lid issue!!!
Help me out folks ;-)
Re: Cork Lids, good idea or bad?
Just a little info on wine corks.
If the bottles are stored horizontally, and rotated occationaly the lids last 100's of years. That keeps the cork moist.