What qualifies as unfiltered honey
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    Default What qualifies as unfiltered honey

    First year beekeeper her and would like the exact definition of unfiltered. If I use a colander to strain out wax, technically that's a filter ( poor,porous one). Is there an aperture size that triggers "filtered"( smaller than pollen?) ? Basically, at what level of filtering does it become filtered honey?

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    Default Re: What qualifies as unfiltered honey

    I might be wrong but I thought that filtered honey was when it was actually run through a filter press similar to what we do with maple syrup. Screened honey was not considered filtered..?

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    Default Re: What qualifies as unfiltered honey

    When you run it through mesh, the honey is "strained" and not "filtered". Filtered honey must be heated and pressed through a filter. No pollen remains after filtering.

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    Default Re: What qualifies as unfiltered honey

    Alas, for most it is a marketing term and not a technical one. I go by the definition given by ericweller.

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    Default Re: What qualifies as unfiltered honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Kcnc1 View Post
    Basically, at what level of filtering does it become filtered honey?
    https://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/defau...ard%5B1%5D.pdf

    (a)
    Filtered.
    Filtered honey is honey of any type defined in these standards that has been filtered to the extent that all or most of the fine particles, pollen
    grains, air bubbles, or other materials normally found in suspension, have been removed.
    (b)Strained.
    Strained honey is honey of any type defined in these standards that has been strained to the extent that most of the particles, including
    comb, propolis, or other defects normally found in honey, have been removed. Grains of pollen, small air bubbles, and very fine particles would
    not normally be removed.

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    Default Re: What qualifies as unfiltered honey

    Is cheesecloth considered a filter or a strainer?

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    Default Re: What qualifies as unfiltered honey

    I think it's safe in saying anything that utilizes gravity as the "power source" is strained.
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    Default Re: What qualifies as unfiltered honey

    Thanks all

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