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Old 14-10-2012, 09:30   #1
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Preserving in Honey

I received as a gift a quart bottle packed tight with nuts of all types and preserved in honey. It's wonderful beyond belief but it was a commercial product and I have no idea how it was created. Now I'm wondering about preserving other items in pure honey. I don't know if this jar underwent further processing. I'm keeping it refrigerated just to be sure but perhaps honey would keep things from molding or developing aflatoxin? What else might be preserved in honey and what is the ratio of honey to the product?
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Old 14-10-2012, 11:11   #2
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Re: Preserving in Honey

I don't know for sure, but in northern california, around Corning CA, there are MANY companys that have many different things in honey and all of the fine nuts grown in the local area and the honey comes right form there also !! I would do a search on line and find a company and call and ask ! Or e-mail Im sure they would tell ya what ya want to know !! Connie and I have some family near there so we stop and get stuff every time we go thru ! sorry but I don't remember any of the places names ! Have fun that stuff is SO GOOD !!
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Hi janet,
you can preserve all kinds of foods in honey which dont contain to much moisture. Such as nuts or dry fruits. you could even preserve dried meat in it, but i dont know if this would be the best taste :-)
however the sugar and the consistence of the honey stops the fat inside to rotten. you dont have to keep it refriged, but not over 25C the whole time.
For this the product inside just has to be covered full, so that no air gets through. Like this you can eat the product for about a year with no problems, even longer if it was right stored.
If you want to keep things even longer you can do it like you do with marmalade, so heat it up and put it in a jar which doesnt let air through. but for honey you dont have to boil it, just heat it up in hot water about 65C for 45 minutes.
hope im not totaly to late and i could help.. :-)
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Hi janet,
you can preserve all kinds of foods in honey which dont contain to much moisture. Such as nuts or dry fruits. you could even preserve dried meat in it, but i dont know if this would be the best taste :-)
however the sugar and the consistence of the honey stops the fat inside to rotten. you dont have to keep it refriged, but not over 25C the whole time.
For this the product inside just has to be covered full, so that no air gets through. Like this you can eat the product for about a year with no problems, even longer if it was right stored.
If you want to keep things even longer you can do it like you do with marmalade, so heat it up and put it in a jar which doesnt let air through. but for honey you dont have to boil it, just heat it up in hot water about 65C for 45 minutes.
hope im not totaly to late and i could help.. :-)

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Old 16-10-2012, 07:06   #5
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Archeologists drug up a greek ship from biblical days and found an amphora of honey preserved figs still with the wax seal in the neck and all fine.

The figs were still edible after 2000 or so years. (Probably fed them to a grad student, cheaper than a gerbil as a test animal, and safer than pissing off the A.L.F. nutters.)
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Re: Preserving in Honey

Maiki gave me an idea, which is to bring the honey to a boil first. If nothing else it would help it penetrate better. I wonder too if taste would be better if the nuts were roasted and then hot honey poured over hot, roasted nuts and the jar sealed.
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Re: Preserving in Honey

But.... the honey is probably more expensive than the item to be preserved....!
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Re: Preserving in Honey

Careful where you get your honey, the vast majority of it on the market now is not really honey. 76% of tested honey has NO pollen. Buy local honey you can trace to it's source only.


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Re: Preserving in Honey

If you haven't already, google "preserving in honey". You will get a load of information.
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Honey is also used as a wound treatment. Great for burns and a good antibacterial compound. Of course I am talking about real honey.

Supposedly, when applied, honey releases slowly hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), an antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic compound.

A NHS report claims that there were statistical improvements for burn treatment as well.

My understanding is that honey does not spoil, and edible honey has been found in the burial chambers of Pharaohs in the Pyramids of Egypt.
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On the advice of a veterinarian I have used honey to treat wounds on horses. It worked rather well.
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Re: Preserving in Honey

Most, if not all, of the microbes that cause food spoilage and infect wounds are single cell organisms. A hyperosmotic environment (the honey) prevents proper cell wall function so the bug dries out and dies. No bugs, no spoilage.
Storing something in honey would be like packing meat in salt or sugar.
Gamma rays work well too. :-)
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Re: Preserving in Honey

Where can I get radioactive honey?
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Where can I get radioactive honey?
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Re: Preserving in Honey

One of my old flatmates and friends preserved his magic mushrooms in honey. I really did want to try that honey, but never went there.
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