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  1. #1
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    Default Honey Bottles Warping while using Hot Water bath approach to remove Crystalization

    I purchased a case of plastic 1 pound bottles to sell honey in. These are rather attractive to the eye where they have hexagonal bee cells on their sides with a wide top.

    I have kept my bottling tank at about 90 degrees and some of the honey that I put into my bottles have started crystalizing.

    So I use the old heat up the water trick on a pot on the stove - once it gets to boiling, I remove the pot from the burner and then set my plastic jars of honey within them, which does the trick of removing the crystalization.

    However the down side is that it warps/misshapes my plastic bottles. Does anyone else have this problem. It almost looks like a defect in the manufacturer process to a point that once I empty out my plastic stock that i would go to glass.

    Now, I could set my temperature up in my bottling tank to be higher. But then I got to thinking that if I had these plastic bottles of honey already on the shelf, then I would need to use the hot water approach and I would have warped bottles.

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    Default Re: Honey Bottles Warping while using Hot Water bath approach to remove Crystalizatio

    That's way too hot. When I have those plastic bottles that are crystallized, I heat a large container of water until it gets to about 125 degrees. I remove it from the heat, place the bottles in it, put the lid on and leave over night.

    By morning everything is cool and the honey is liquid again. Once in a while if the honey in the bottles was completely solid I might have to do it twice.

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    Default Re: Honey Bottles Warping while using Hot Water bath approach to remove Crystalizatio

    beeteedee,

    I will try that approach. Do you use glass or plastic?

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    Default Re: Honey Bottles Warping while using Hot Water bath approach to remove Crystalizatio

    I bottle in both. I have used those wide mouth plastic bottles that I think you are talking about. They use white lids? Now I use the narrower mouth ones that I can use the flip top lids for. Neither will do well in very hot water or the microwave.

    I also use quart jars. I do the same with them. I try not to heat the honey too much, so I heat the water to the low 120's and then add the jars. I don't think that the honey itself get heated too much because the water starts cooling at the same time as the honey starts warming.

    I use a large canner, add the jars, fill with water to the level that I want, remove the jars, heat the water and then add the jars back to the warm water. The more water you use the slower it will cool.

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    Default Re: Honey Bottles Warping while using Hot Water bath approach to remove Crystalizatio

    I believe that the highest temp that raw honey should be exposed to is +105F in order to preserve the natural enzymes.
    The actual temp is debated, however there is no doubt about heat being the enemy of honeys natural powers.

    BM
    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - JOHN F. KENNEDY -

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    Default Re: Honey Bottles Warping while using Hot Water bath approach to remove Crystalizatio

    What is the temp that crystals dissolve?

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    Default Re: Honey Bottles Warping while using Hot Water bath approach to remove Crystalizatio

    BeeDeeTee,

    Thanks -- Last night, I bumped my bottling tank up to 125 degrees - Still had crystalization of honey go into the plastic bottles -- warmed my water on stove to 140 degrees and the crystallation was removed and the plastic bottles retained the shape without any warping

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    Default Re: Honey Bottles Warping while using Hot Water bath approach to remove Crystalizatio

    Personally, I wouldn't use plastic for bottling honey. Yup, it's cheaper then glass, your margins might be higher, but for what end. I don't believe storing food products in plastic is healthy. Some food products don't come in anything other than plastic, so what choice do you have. I know this, I have never had a glass bottle warp while reheating to reverse the crystalization.

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    Default Re: Honey Bottles Warping while using Hot Water bath approach to remove Crystalizatio

    Tell your regulars if they save the glass bottle you will give them a little discount on the honey. You get your bottle to reuse and they save a few cents. Win Win.

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