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I've got a container of honey at home that has gone 'crystalised' and has caked up. When I turn the container upside down, the entire mass has fractured in half, and half sticks to the bottom and the other half slides in the direction of gravity.

Can this be rescued? (ie is it simply dehydated?) Can I add water to it to fix it?

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marked as duplicate by rumtscho Jun 7 '14 at 10:33

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Note such crystallized honey is perfectly fine to use. Your only concern is getting it out of the container. – SF. Jun 7 '14 at 8:45
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Yes, crystalized honey can be saved with a combination of heat and water. The trick is using low concentrations of both. Your honey has solidified because over time the moisture has escaped and the sugars have formed crystals.

Add a tiny amount of water and break up the large crystals if possible to speed the process of dissolving the sugars back into solution. You can apply heat to the crystal solution via a water bath or microwave to help break down the crystals. However, you won't need much heat and a few seconds in the microwave should be ample. Do not over heat it (particularly if it is in a cute cheap plastic bear bottle that deforms under heat quickly). Your best bet is to add tiny amounts of water and heat, mix the solution and wait a bit. Repeat as necessary. Time is your friend, turning your honey into a boiling soup is not.

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Where would the moisture have gone if the container has been closed? – Ruslan Jun 7 '14 at 8:40
It's bizarre to me because I've never heard of using water to loosen honey. I know heat works. – Jolenealaska Jun 7 '14 at 10:08

Just put the whole closed container in hot water. Warm it up and it will liquify, use it like normal. Once it cools again it will slowly re-harden, but it's fine.

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I usually microwave the bottle/jar for 5-10 seconds, stir, and repeat if necessary. Water bath sounds like a more gentle way of doing it though. Less risk of burning yourself too. – Preston Fitzgerald Jun 7 '14 at 5:12

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