How to know if honey is pure

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Honey is one of those products with multiple properties and that does not expire, perfect for sweetening our infusions or drinks and essential for many cooking recipes, in addition to using it for homemade tricks such as the classic honey with lemon when we have throat problems. However, we do not always buy the honey we believe in and it is common to find adulterated honey for sale.


You have to pay close attention to the labeling when buying it, but if this was not clear, you have bought it in a farm or you have a jar at home, this time, we explain how to know if the honey is pure or adulterated .


Pure honey is called the product made by bees, without any additive. This is the one that is collected as is from the hive and then packaged. When honey is subjected to a pasteurization process at 63 degrees, it is necessary to speak of pasteurized honey, which has no therapeutic uses.


For practical purposes, when you buy honey in the market, you must make sure that expressions such as "high fructose syrup" or "commercial glucose" are not included on the label, since additives have been added so that the honey does not solidify . Older people often include water, artificial sweeteners or sugar. Keep in mind that natural honey has very little water and is absorbed quickly by the skin, so if you rub it with your fingertips and it becomes sticky, that honey is adulterated.


The easiest way to know if the honey is pure is to pour a teaspoon into a glass of water. If it reaches the bottom of the glass and lumps, the honey is pure. Easier is to put a little honey on the finger, the natural one will not fall, but the rest of them will spill.


There are a couple of tricks we can do with paper to make sure if the honey we have bought is natural. If you put a tablespoon on absorbent paper and then remove it, you should look for marks. Pure honey will not leave a trace. In the same way, an adulterated honey that contains water in its composition will immediately break a paper if we spill it on it, while pure honey will take some time.


Finally, another of the easiest methods to know if honey has been adulterated or not is to do the vinegar test, this essential liquid in any house. If you add a couple of drops of vinegar to a tablespoon of honey and it foams, the honey is adulterated.


As a general rule, you must always bear in mind that pure honey always crystallizes. It is only a matter of time before crystallization occurs. In this way, you may buy a jar of honey that is solidified or frosted, so you should not worry: it is pure honey. If you have a pot of honey, you put it in the refrigerator and it does not crystallize, or time passes and it does not solidify either, it is most likely that it is adulterated honey. As the last point to note, you have to remember that natural honey does not have an expiration date, so if the jar for sale indicates that it expires, for example, after two years, you already know that this honey is not pure.


In synthesis we can say that: (Honey that does NOT ever get hard, is NOT 100% Pure, natural and organic Honey)


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