It seems that honey always has a secret moment when it will turn on you. It can be sitting in your pantry for weeks or months, and then one day you reach for it and it has all crystallized into a lumpy mess. The frustrating part is that you only discover the mess when you actually need the honey, so you’re stuck when it’s unusable. I mean, how can I eat my favorite breakfast of my homemade Greek yogurt with granola and honey if I don’t have any honey?
The good news is that even though the honey is now chunky, it’s still perfectly safe to eat. It just fell victim to a common reaction that eventually occurs with honey, and has changed form. But you don’t have to toss that half-bottle of golden goodness in the trash. It can be saved! Lots of folks will tell you that the sure-fire way to restore crystallized honey is to put the tightly closed bottle into a bowl full of very warm water and let it slowly heat up until it’s thin and gooey again. I’ve tried this before, and while it does work, it can take hours. When I need my honey, I need it faster than that!
So I came up with a much faster way to restore your crystallized honey in a pinch.
Just scrape the chunky, globby mess out of the bottle (a long iced tea spoon is perfect for this) and into a small pan. Then place the pan on the stove on VERY low heat and stir the honey gently. In just a few minutes, you’ll see the honey turn from cloudy to clear.
When it’s all clear and the chunks are melted, just pour it into a jar and it’s ready to use!