Honey Sterilization for Consuming?
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  1. #1
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    Default Honey Sterilization for Consuming?

    I've harvest a small amount of honey for family. I'm putting it through multiple levels of straining, but I'm wondering if I need to do some type of sterilization to make sure the honey is safe for consuming, I've used bare hands to touch some of the comb. I'm top bar and crushed the comb into the strainer.
    Thanks!
    - KT

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Honey Sterilization for Consuming?

    Pasteurization is used to keep it from crystallizing on a store shelf, but destroys some of the health benefits and taste. I only strain through the typical double strainer to remove comb.
    Beek since 2016: Hardiness Zone 9a: in NW Florida

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    Default Re: Honey Sterilization for Consuming?

    There is no need to pasteurize honey. It will destroy the enzymes and the flavor. Honey is antimicrobial.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    Default Re: Honey Sterilization for Consuming?

    Not exactly what you asked but related

    https://honeybeesuite.com/honeys-mag...slay-microbes/
    sc-bee

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