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The most important thing for a beekeeping farm is to store the honey safely and conveniently. There are so many ways practiced by farms to store the honey, but the ‘freezing honey’ process is still the widely used way to store and preserve the honey on a large scale.
Why is it necessary to freeze honey?
Beekeeping is a practice where bees are farmed to produce honey. They produce honey on a large scale and it becomes really important to store it conveniently and preserve it from fermentation. Freezing honey is not only limited to beekeeping farms, but you can also use it to store the honey at your home too.
The freezing point of honey
Honey will start freezing as the temperature goes down below 0°C however it will still flow at a very low rate at this temperature. Honey becomes glass solid at -20°C. Normally, all the freezers can keep the temperature between -4°C to -10°C.
Honey at this temperature will still be good to use and can be conserved for a long time.
Note that it is not necessary to freeze it at -20°C to keep it preserved from fermentation.
Will it affect the quality of honey?
Many people wonder if freezing will affect the quality or not. The truth is it will not affect the quality and all the nutrition will be the same just like in the regular honey. It will also keep the antimicrobial properties of honey.
There is nothing wrong with keeping the frozen honey just like other food products. The fact that it is widely used in almost every bee farm made it clear that this practice is safe and does not affect the quality of honey as long as the moisture level of honey is maintained.
Note that you should always try to keep the frozen honey from direct sunlight and maintain the moisture level of honey.
How to freeze honey?
There are different steps involved in the process of freezing honey.
· Place the honey in a jar - The first thing is to put the honey in a jar and make sure that the jar does not have any leakage. The airtight container should be preferred to store honey as it will keep the air and moisture away from it.
· Place the honey in a safe place - You should always keep the honey jar at a safe place in your freezer as the leakage from other products can affect the honey and it can catch the odor of those products. It is advisable to use a freezer bag to store your honey jar.
· Adjust the temperature - You can set the temperature to maintain the quality of the honey. It is okay if you cannot keep it at -20°C but try to keep the temperature as low as you can.
We can say that freezing honey is one of the best ways to store it as long as it is well maintained. It is one of the easiest ways to store honey.