Honey is a product that can be stored for several years under optimal conditions in the room, therefore, wondering how to store honey, it should be noted that there are only two answers to it:
1. Keep honey at a temperature of no higher than 20 degrees and not below 30. Too high or too low temperatures have the same negative effect on the quality of honey, it loses most of the beneficial minerals and vitamins. The temperature exceeding 35-40 degrees, destroys all the benefits of honey, leaving only sugar and a viscous liquid, therefore it is better to store honey at a temperature of 13 to 19 degrees, without using a refrigerator or a cellar with a low temperature.
When boiling it is important to remember this property of honey, because preparing milk with honey, or honey with wine, you need only bring the liquid to a boil, then add honey only after the milk or wine has cooled down slightly.
2. For storing honey, not only the temperature is important, but also the dishes in which it is planned to store a large amount of honey. In the past, honey was stored in large tubs of hardwoods, now there is also a small problem to order such a tub for a woodworker, the problem is rather the material from which the tub will be made, since it has a direct influence on the shelf life and taste of honey. So in order to store honey for a long time you need to avoid oak and pine barrels, which can give honey unusual bitterness.
Ideal for storing honey from stock of barrels from linden and aspen linden, but it is more convenient to store the product in a glass or aluminum container, for which cans and cans of stainless steel can be used.
Expecting to store honey for an extended period of time, you need to pay attention not only to all of the above, but also to the cleanliness of the storage containers, since it is extremely important that fresh honey is poured into clean and dried jars. Use for storage of honey, the cans left from the previous storage can not be washed. Fresh honey will enter into an acid reaction with the remains of the candied and possibly ferment, which is completely undesirable.
It is forbidden to store honey in zinc, copper and lead containers, since honey contains a certain amount of acid, which, after interacting with a metallic surface, can form a toxic substance dangerous for the human body.
Thinking about the storage of a large amount of honey, it is also important to think about its protection, first of all, from insects that are particularly harmful to linden honey, because all the dishes must be carefully corked, in the old days even beeswax was used for these purposes, today it will be quite a fairly ordinary plastic cover.
The tightness of the dishes will also eliminate the danger that the honey will be absorbed by various not always pleasant smells, such as the smell of paint, varnish, sauerkraut and cucumbers, which usually permeate every village cellar. Having absorbed these smells honey will not lose its medicinal properties, but the smell of such honey will not be pleasant to a few.
Glass jars with honey should be put in the shade and stored in this position permanently, because under the influence of direct sunlight rays in honey many useful enzymes are destroyed and, above all, those responsible for the antimicrobial effect on the body when using honey.
So, what is important when storing honey:
– temperature is not higher than 20 degrees and not lower than 30;
– a container of glass, aluminum, or larch and linden;
– the absence of a source of direct sunlight.
By observing these simple rules, you can store honey at home for years without worrying about its freshness and taste.
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