How do you know you honey is pure unless you know your beekeeper? Unfortunately,
not all honey is pure. What can make it not pure? Imported honey from China and other countries have been found by the USDA
to contain antibiotics prohibited in food. Also honey can be cut with up to 10% sugar syrup and be almost undetectable.
Beekeeper practices such as feeding large amounts of sugar syrup or using strong chemicals to medicate theirs hives can
contaminate the honey. Ask your beekeeper how they produce their honey. What your beekeeper does to their bees and honey determines
how pure it will be. At McClaughry Farms we only sell 100% pure, natural, raw honey.
Depends on whose definition of raw you are using. Raw is defined as not being
heated above a certain maximum temperature. Processed honey is not raw because it is flash heated up to 165 degrees and pumped
though a micro rated filter. This filter removes all the pollen leaving a sparkling clear product. This processing also gives
the honey extended shelf life. The natural granulation process is prevented from occurring for several years. At 140 degrees,
you lose the proteins that naturally occur in honey. Some say to never heat honey above 120 degrees. We only heat our honey to
110, the lowest temperature that honey will revert back to its liquid states. We strain our honey through 80# nylon cloth to
remove bee legs and bits of beeswax. For honey where no heat was used see what is Cold Pack Honey?
That depends upon the floral source and where you live. All of our honey is 100% product
of the USA. Most of our honey comes from Nevada County, California. The clover we get from the Milk River Valley in North-Central Montana.
Our clover honey is local if you live in Northern Montana. Orange Honey is harvested in the orange belt of Central California.
Tahoe Blue is local to the Lake Tahoe region of Northern California. Coriander is local to the Central Valley between Sacramento
and Yuba City. Blackberry is harvested in the foothills of Placer, Nevada, and Yuba counties. Nevada County Gold is broken down into
regions depending on where the hives are located. In Nevada County, our honey can be as local as from those hives just down the street,
harvested by the beekeeper you know.
Cold Pack honey is packaged right after extraction while still liquid and allowed
to naturally granulate in the container. No heat is used in this process. The honey is not strained but put through a series
of baffles to remove any wax pieces or other debris. Cold Pack Honey may contain small particles of beeswax. Different varieties
of honey will granulate at different rates but once granulated cold pack honey is never heated to re-liquefy. Do not refrigerate
cold pack honeys this will harden the honey making it difficult to spoon out. If too hard carefully warm to soften but never
about 95 degrees. The true taste of honey from the hive with all pollen, volatile oils, heat sensitive enzymes and proteins
intact for maximum flavor and nutrition.
Honey Stix are clear plastic straws filled with Honey and sealed at both ends.
They are 7 inches long and contain 5 grams of honey. We carry 6 types of natural, honey-filled straws with the same honey
that is in our jars such as: Clover, Blackberry, Tahoe Blue, Nevada County Gold, Springbloom and Corriander. We also carry
over a dozen different types of naturally flavored and colored Honey Stix, including: Blueberry, Watermelon, Pink Lemonade,
Chocolate, Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry, Lemon, Licorice, Peach, Cinnamon, Root beer,
Peppermint. Our herbal infusion honey, Hot Pepper Honey, is offered in Honey Stix form also. Honey Stix are a convenient
way to carry a single dose of honey to add to your coffee or tea. Kids love them at home and away from home!
All pure honey will granulate or go to sugar. If honey is cut or mixed with sugar syrup
it will not granulate. The length of time needed for honey to granulate depends upon the type of honey and the temperature
it is store at. The cooler the temperature the faster the honey will granulate. Once granulated it can be restored to its
liquid state by carefully heating it. Liquefying honey in the microwave is not recommended as it is heated unevenly.
If a microwave must be used short bursts with stirring in between is best. Better to place to jar or bear in a pan of
water and carefully heat on the stove until liquid. Do not boil. 110 degrees is all that is needed to restore honey to
its liquid state. Too much heat can destroy the natural enzymes and proteins as well as affecting the taste. Outside in
the direct sun on a hot summer day will do the trick. Remember the less heat the better to keep the honey raw and
flavorful keeping the proteins active and nutritious.
My favorite answer to this question is "They have dug up honey in Egyptian
tombs that is over 2000 years old that is still edible". The key word here is edible. Over time honey will degrade in
quality and flavor. The temperature the honey is stored at can affect the degradation process for long term storage.
Cooler temperatures are best. 2000-year-old Egyptian honey stored in a hot rock Pyramid may be edible by would likely
be lacking in taste and quality. If stored properly, honey should stay fresh for 5 to 10 years. After that it is still
edible, but no longer of Gourmet Quality. You will find out that good quality honey dissapears quickly and McClaughry Farms
honey is never around long enough to be concerned about its quality declining! See also "What do I do if my honey granulates?".
It has been long said 'eating local honey can help cure pollen allergies'.
At the grower's market we often are asked about honey for pollen allergies and have talked with many people on the subject.
The answer is yes and no. Some people get amazing results by eating local honey while for some it unfortunately is of no help,
If someone wants to try and see if it will help, keep two things in mind while trying: Take a little bit in your diet every day
and allow a month before expecting to see results. Even if it does not work for you as a medicine it is still good honey!
The theory is daily ingesting micro doses of the pollen which is causing problems. The body naturally builds up antihistamines
for the specific pollens that are causing problems.