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How Long Does Honey Last?

How Long Does Honey Last?Shelf Life of Honey

How long does honey last? The shelf life, regardless of such things as the “sell by date,” or “use by date” is very long. Honey can be used to naturally sweeten just about anything.

So, how long does honey last past the best by date? When properly stored, it’s shelf life beyond it’s sell by date or best by date is approximately …


That’s right, honey is one food that never spoils! Although the look of your product will change somewhat over time, it will never actually spoil.

Of course, all foods looks older quicker if it they are not stored properly. But remember, like a lot of other condiments, it usually has a “best by date” and not a use by date or expiration date. Because of this distinction, you may safely use it to compliment your favorite meals, snacks or drinks even after the best before date has lapsed.

How to tell if honey is bad, rotten or spoiled?


Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness.
Honey will begin to look yellow and cloudy instead of golden and clear and will get thicker and grainy over time, eventually looking white and hard. But, it is still good. In this form, the honey may have started the process of crystallizing. Crystallized honey is where some of the glucose content in the honey spontaneously crystallized, in this state it can also be called “candied” or “granulated” – and is still safe to eat.

If you would like to fix the color of your honey or turn crystallized honey into its soft liquid form, see the section below.

How to Fix Honey – If Honey Hardened or Crystalized

To return the honey to it’s original gooey state, simply put the container in bowl of hot tap water (not boiling or you may melt the container!). Or, put the honey in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for about 15 – 20 seconds. It will magically return to it’s golden liquid state! If your honey has crystalized, either of these options should suffice to fix hardened honey. Crystalized honey has a melting point of between 104 and 122 °F (40 and 50 °C), depending on its composition.

How to store honey to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of food.
You can help honey stay fresh longer by storing it right on the counter in it’s original container. It will look older faster if it is kept in a dark place!
Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

Did you know that honey can be used to keep sliced apples from turning brown.

How long is honey good for when prepared in a dish?

How long does honey last? That depends. How long does tea last? In general, all foods last only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish that it is prepared. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date
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What are our shelf life resources?

Our how long does honey last content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and shelf life.

*An important note about expiration dates …

Although the honey shelf life information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and that our advice should only be taken as an opinion. So, how long will food last? Let’s find out!