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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
KatieK
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I've always heard that too, but this source says to only keep it for a
year: simplystated.realsimple.com/2012/05/03/how-to-store-condiments I'm
curious to know if they're making things up or what – Yamikuronue May 14
'12 at 18:44
www.foresthoney.com/index.php?acao=glossary&glossary_id=14 was linked in
this answer cooking.stackexchange.com/a/2023/6317 as stating honey has been
found over a thousand years old and still edible – Yamikuronue May 14
'12 at 18:45
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This question was asked over at Skeptics, too:
skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/7247/4020 – 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


Source: cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/23753/is-is-true-that-honey-never-spoils-why


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