How to soften raw honey?

by Runner
(Maine)

Okay, so I'm new to raw honey. I decided to buy a jar of local Maine raw honey to drizzle on Greek Yogurt. But much to my surprise, raw honey is nearly solid and not a soft liquid like the stuff I was used to. My questions is this: How do you "drizzle" something that is solid? Do I heat the entire jar? Do I just heat the portion I need? Thanks and please forgive the obvious newbie question.


Hi There,
Great question. THe best way to soften raw honey is to simply heat it on the stove gently. It will stay liquid for several weeks before re-hardening so you can just melt what you need for a few weeks at a time.

I try to avoid the use of the microwave for softening raw honey as it may kill some of the valuable enzymes in the honey.

Bee healthy ~ Angela

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Mar 25, 2016
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Do not microwave raw honey
by: Dan

Your never ever supposed to microwave raw unpasteurized honey. Especially if your paying high dollar for it's health benefits. Your supposed to warm the jar in very warm to hot water and try to keep the honey from getting to 120 degrees as that's when the healthy enzymes and other beneficial components, pollen, etc. of raw honey start getting destroyed. You might as well buy the cheaper liquid honey otherwise and save your money. The darker liquid honey has been pasteurized killing off the health benefits of the honey. Still tasty but not near as healthy for you.

Mar 09, 2016
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Microwave is faster
by: Anonymous

Put it in a little ramekin & microwave it for 10-20 seconds. Takes less than half the time of other methods.

Jun 17, 2015
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Agree with last post
by: Anonymous

When I get a 2LB jar, or any jar, I fill the water up to just the label bottom, heat the water to a pre-boil state, and turn off the burner. Once the bottom honey is soft, I turn the jar over on the counter so that the warm honey starts to soften the middle. Once that is softened, I make sure the lid is tight, and perform the same method for the top honey, until that is soft, I carefully remove the jar from that pan (there is hot water in the top lip), I then flip it back on its bottom and the combo of the bottom heat and top heat finishes the job.
Hope that helps.

May 03, 2014
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Soften raw honey
by: Anonymous

That last comment on putting honey on the stove is only half the information that you need. I get a pot and put plenty of hot water in it. Then put you container of honey in the hot water tiff it turns soft. Just make shore not to let the hot water all evaporate. Evan

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