Re: crystalized honey
Crystalization is natural and normal. I am not familiar w/ NC Honeys enuf to know which ones crystalize sooner than others. I'm a little surprised to hear that yours has crystalized, because what I call early honey here sometimes isn't crystalized 6 to 10 months from harvest.
If you are going to bottle this bucket of honey you are going to have to figure out a way to warm the bucket up w/out compromising the plastic, burning a hole in it for instance, or over heating the honey itself. How hot does your tape water get? You may be able to set the bucket of honey in your kitchen sink and fill the sink w/ really hot water and get it to loosen up enuf to laddle or spoon the honey from the bucket and into jars.
You'll have to change the water a cpl of times, probably. I have done that w/ honey crystalized in the bottom of my 5 gallon square plastic totes. Good luck.
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