Should You Refrigerate Honey?

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Maple syrup. Butter. Peanut butter. Honey.

What do these foods have in common? Some people store them in the fridge.

Nope. Not joking.

The rules your family grew up with regarding storing foods in a proper manner in order to maintain freshness and keep you healthy...turns out they aren’t universal.

Chances are high that you’ve had this disagreement/discussion with co-workers and roommates: To fridge or not to fridge.

The best practice is to read the product’s label. For example, some types of natural peanut butter do require refrigeration.

Going back to our original question...do you need to refrigerate honey?

When it comes to honey, you can keep it in your cupboards. Refrigeration is optional, and not recommended.

Refrigeration is not required to keep honey fresh.

If you do store it in the refrigerator...it will thicken.

And by thicken I mean the next time you want to use your refrigerated honey it will take some planning and kitchen prep before consuming. The warming process will take a fair amount of time to transform the crystallized honey back into a liquid.

Looking for more honey storage tips? We wrote a blog post that should answer a lot of your questions: Honey Storage: Tips & Tricks