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    Default How to decrystallize honey good enough so it can go through a strainer

    Hi, I was wondering, is there a way I can decrystallize honey good enough so that it can go through a honey strainer? I'm wondering because some honey crystallized before it could be strained.


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    Default Re: How to decrystallize honey good enough so it can go through a strainer

    you just need to heat it. above 120 or so i believe you start to lose/destroy enzimes, so be careful of the temps and stir constantly and heat slowly.
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    Default Re: How to decrystallize honey good enough so it can go through a strainer

    Do you have a way to warm the honey in its' present container? Warm it to 100 degrees. You may have to hold it there to get the whole batch liquid. After straining, it will recrystalize so get it bottled soon.
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    Default Re: How to decrystallize honey good enough so it can go through a strainer

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Do you have a way to warm the honey in its' present container?
    I think their might be. What are the advantages of heating it in the container it's in?


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    Default Re: How to decrystallize honey good enough so it can go through a strainer

    You don't have to dig it out and warm it in another container?

    What is it in at this time? How big a container are we talking about?
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    Default Re: How to decrystallize honey good enough so it can go through a strainer

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    What is it in at this time?
    It's in a rather low quality plastic pail. However, there's a heavy duty pail designed for feeding sugar syrup that I could put it in if being in a low quality pail is a problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    How big a container are we talking about?
    It's in a 2 1/2 gallon pail. It's mostly full.
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    Default Re: How to decrystallize honey good enough so it can go through a strainer

    If you have time and don't mind waiting. I have used a heating pad (like for sore muscles) to liquify the honey. In plastic jars I use it on the low heating wrapped around the jars and it liquifys totally solid honey in about 12 hrs, never going over about 105. Try putting the heating pad under the pail and leaving it over night and checking it. With a pail of honey you may need to stir it occasionally or use the medium setting.

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    Default Re: How to decrystallize honey good enough so it can go through a strainer

    i have a roasting pan with the tempeture on it, i use this for jars, plastic bottles and buckets. set my containers it there fill with water and let it go to work. also use a crock pot for smaller quanities, works well

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    Default Re: How to decrystallize honey good enough so it can go through a strainer

    An easy way is to use the heating pads designed for small animals. They heat to about 90F so while it may take a day or two to liquify a larger container, it will not scorch the honey. Put a styrofoam box over the pad and your honey so the heat stays inside.
    Sheri

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    Default Re: How to decrystallize honey good enough so it can go through a strainer

    We have a producer that has an old refrigerator that the unit quit on. He has arranged the shelves so he can place his problem honey above a 60 watt light bulb in winter or a 20 watt bulb in the summer. His method works very well. If I was to refine this I would put a thermostat in the box to control the heat at near 100 degrees. I also thought about using this same box with a small "milk house heater" in it. The down side to this is you can overload the shelves if you have quart jars.

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