Fermented honey - what to do with it?

by Olga
(Toronto )

My mother purchases raw honey in buckets and gives it to us in smaller jars.
One of the jars she gave me was likely not cleaned properly because my honey tasted very fermented when I opened it. It's also been about 1.5–2 years since I've had it, so it could be that changes of temperature spoiled it.
1) is it safe to eat fermented honey (as is) if the alcohol-like taste doesn't bother me?
2) what can I do with fermented honey (considering I don't know what type of bacteria/yeast is in it)?

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Aug 27, 2023
Water makes honey ferment
by: Peter Moskovits

What makes honey ferment is it getting in contact with water. Whether it was harvested too early, and the bees didn't get a chance to properly dry it out (below ~18% water content), or whether it was exposed to humid conditions... It's important to keep your honey away from water, ideally sealed. That helps prevent fermentation.

Peter - Beekeeper

May 26, 2021
Feed the bees
by: Ivegothives

I feed fermented honey back to my bees. If you can't stand the taste yourself they will clean it up.

Nov 26, 2014
Eat fermented honey?
by: Angela

Hi Olga,
If you don't know what type of bacteria was used to ferment the honey, I would avoid consuming it.

Bee healthy,

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