Q - What happens if my honey starts to crystallize? A - To avoid this, try to keep your honey above 65 degrees, as close to room temperature as you can. Please understand, crystallization is a natural process, and it does NOT mean your honey has gone bad! We only sell raw honey, which is not filtered; filtered honey goes through a process where it is heated then rapidly cooled. This prevents it from crystallizing, but the heat also kills most of the enzymes, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, which we consider to be health benefits. So when your honey starts getting a little cloudy, you have two options:
Use it anyway… it will melt in hot drinks, and can be put into a measuring cup or spread on toast the same way.
If you need that flowing golden liquid, place crystallized honey in a warm water bath of around 100°F for 15 minutes or more until the crystals dissolve and the honey liquefies.
Q - How should I preserve my honeycomb? A - With comb, you want to keep it out of severely hot weather, or it will melt. Our comb jars with honey can be kept at room temperature, but with our 4x4" comb squares, you can put those in the freezer to keep them much longer. Sounds like the opposite of our crystallization advice, but trust us, it works well. When you're ready to use, let the comb unthaw for several hours and it should be good to go.
Q - When do you start taking deposits for nucs? A - This varies every year, depending on weather, our workload, and other things. Usually we start taking deposits sometime after the first of the year, and our nucs can be picked up in person at our Leonard Street location in Grand Rapids somewhere around the middle of May. We don't ship nucs at all. Contact us for more info or specific questions.