Why Honey Never Expires

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Have you ever wondered why honey never expires? Ancient Egyptian tombs were excavated and archaeologists found pots of honey that were thousands of years old, and still edible. Raw honey can keep for an indefinite amount of time, as long as the container is sealed.

Have you ever wondered why honey never expires?

When excavating ancient Egyptian tombs, archaeologists found pots of honey thousands of years old, and the honey was still edible.

Raw honey can keep for an indefinite amount of time, as long as the container is sealed.

So taking a taste of honey that was properly stored for thousands of years would be the same as eating some that was only a few days old.

There are several reasons why honey lasts forever, one being its high acidity level that prevents the growth of bacteria and other organisms that cause spoiling.

Amina Harris, executive director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute at the University of California in Davis said: “As long as the lid stays on it and no water is added to it, honey will not go bad. As soon as you add water to it, it may go bad. Or if you open the lid, it may get more water in it and it may go bad.”

Although honey never expires, it can crystallize or granulate, but that honey is still safe to consume.

To change the honey back to the syrupy liquid consistency, you can microwave it for about 20 seconds.