How to Soften Honey in a Bottle
Turn crystalized honey back into liquid gold.
By Leah Brickley for Food Network Kitchen
Honey is here to stay. With a low water content, it's an unfriendly place for bacteria to set up shop and spoil. If it stays free of added moisture, honey can hang out in the cupboard indefinitely. (This makes it important not to dip a spoon into the jar if it’s been in your tea, or jam jar or nut butter.)
Though your honey may darken and crystalize over time, it’s still safe to eat! Whether in a glass or plastic bottle, honey can return to its original liquid glory.
To soften honey back into its regular liquid consistency, all you need is a heat-proof container and some hot water.
First, set the honey bottle (with the lid on) in a heat-proof container — a small saucepan works great. Add enough hot (not boiling) water to the container to just reach the top of the honey in the bottle. Once the water has been added, remove the lid and let the jar sit until the honey warms to a drizzly liquid, about 15 minutes.
You can do this anytime you want to use your honey. Just be sure not to get any water in the bottle.
Now that you’ve revived your honey — sweet. Get cooking!