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  1. #1
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    May 2010
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    Pope county, Arkansas, USA
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    Default crystallised honey sold to stores

    We are finally producing enough honey to place in three small stores. Unfortunatly, the honey began to crystallise before all could be sold. I swapped out the crytalze honey for new. Anyone with the proper protocol to handle this situation.

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    Solano, California, USA
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    Default Re: crystallised honey sold to stores

    Some stores don't mind part of their inventory in this fashion. Others won't have it in sight. The larger the "local Honey" crowd among the purchasers the less they and the vendor seem to care. (even prefer it at times)

    We just swap it out on a new delivery if its an issue. Over the course of the years I know how much to bottle ( depending on the time of the year) so we run in to this less often than more.

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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: crystallised honey sold to stores

    Most people selling raw honey put a notice on the side to the effect that natural honey crystallizes and it's perfectly edible, but if you prefer your honey liquid, you can heat some water in a pan and put the jar of honey in it to recrystallize it. Of course this works on glass jars, but not so much on those clear plastic ones. The clear plastic ones shrivel up and collapse...

    I think you need to educate your customers that your honey tastes so good because it's raw, and it crystallizes because its raw and crystallizing just makes it not run off your toast so fast...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: crystallised honey sold to stores

    I try to explain to my customers ahead of time about the difference between most "store" honey and mine, and the crystallization factor - as well as how to deal with it. Most understand and are prepared when they see it. Some will call to ask follow-up questions. Have had a couple that wanted to exchange it for "fresh" honey, and I am happy to do so.
    "Teach your kids to hunt and fish, and you won't have to hunt for your kids"
    Four Ridge Apiaries www.fourridgebees.com

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    Philadelphia, MS, USA
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    Default Re: crystallised honey sold to stores

    We keep our honey in a heated bottling tank prior to bottling and only bottle 2 to 3 weeks worth at a time. Really cuts down on crystalization. Any that does begin to crystalize we swap out and warm in a hot room till liquified.

    Johnny
    "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." - Mark Twain

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