Just out of curiosity. I'm wondering if I'm just being too OCD with my preparation methods. Please take the following survey. Thanks.
How do we see the results? I thought there was a survey function on Beesource.
Good question, I don't know. I suppose I will have to post the results, myself. I've never used this survey site before. Didn't know there was one on the forum.
Let's try this link: http://www.questionpro.com/a/ShowRes...9740&mode=data
Last edited by dixiebooks; 11-27-2012 at 09:35 PM. Reason: more info
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USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft
I just take the bottles out of the plastic bag or box, fill them up, and screw on the lids. They are hot blow molded (plastic) and have not been touched yet most likely, and I can't see how they'd be cleaner if I washed them out.
There is no need to "wash" honey containers before filling. All of the containers we sell are manufactured, packed and handled to FDA regulation. If anything, washing at home will ADD foreign residue to the containers, such as organic particles or detergent/soap (spots) if done improperly. There may be some benefit to blasting (food-safe) filtered compressed air (from something other than a shop air compressor) to remove dust particles (like cardboard fibers from the shipping box), which may lead to crystallization of the honey. However, we do not see this as a problem for the home producer.
Fortunately, honey is anti-bacterial in nature and does not require the same level of preparation that something like maple syrup or home-made jam requires.
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[QUOTE=dixiebooks;871015]Just out of curiosity. I'm wondering if I'm just being too OCD with my preparation methods. Please take the following survey. Thanks.
I handle plastic different than glass and this survey doesn't distinguish.
Glass, I send through the dishwasher but now will not use soap, high heat wash and heat dry. Boil lids (now).
Plastic, I put them in the extra large zip lock bags, no wash.
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I use mostly glass and when I first got my jars I filled right out of the box but now having set in the garage for several years they are "cloudy" right out of the box so I run them thru the dishwasher.
Red Dirt Apiaries
Buy and use honey jars and plastic containers made for honey. Use them right out of the container in which they come. Never wash the containers or the caps. Buy and use plastisol lids on all of your glass jars and you will never see any rust, even if you do wash them, which you don't need to.
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