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** Is is true that honey never spoils? Why? **

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I've heard that "honey never spoils", but I'm incredulous. Is this true,
and if so, how? Isn't there some indicator that I should throw the honey in
my cupboard away?

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asked May 14 '12 at 18:30

I've always heard that too, but this source says to only keep it for a
year: I'm
curious to know if they're making things up or what – Yamikuronue May 14
'12 at 18:44 was linked in
this answer as stating honey has been
found over a thousand years old and still edible – Yamikuronue May 14
'12 at 18:45

This question was asked over at Skeptics, too: – Flimzy May 14 '12 at 22:12

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Honey is very stable for a number of reasons. The main ones though are the
low amount of water (most honey is under 18% water) and the high amount of
sugar (which is a preservative). Both of these things keep things like mold
and bacteria from being able to grow. Over a long period of time (and if
left unsealed) the honey could absorb moisture and then ferment (the sugar
would turn to alcohol) but if sealed then


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