The Different Faces Of Honey
Whenever we hear the word honey, the first thing that comes to mind is the image of a thick golden liquid slowly trickling from a honeycomb. But did you know that honey, though it is bottled in its familiar liquid form, is also sold and packed in other forms? Let us learn about the different packaging and processing honey is subjected to.
First is the Comb Honey which is the honey still in the honey bees' wax comb. It has customarily being unruffled by using standard wooden frames in the honey supers. The frames are collected and the comb is stenciled in large pieces before packaging. Comb honey reaped in the traditional manner is also referred to as cut-comb honey.
Next is the Raw Honey. It is the natural honey for it exists in the beehive and is obtained by extraction, settling or straining, without adding heat or in some, there is an added minimum heat. Unprocessed Raw Honey contains some pollen and may contain small particles of wax.
Filtered Honey is a honey of any type that has been filtered to the point of removing most, if not all the fine particles, pollen grains, air bubbles or other materials normally found in suspension. Filtered Honey is very clear and will not crystallize as rapidly making it preferred by the supermarket trade.
Crystallized Honey is the form of honey in which some of the glucose content has suddenly crystallized maybe because of artificial freezing or it may have crystallized naturally. For this reason, it is also called as candied honey and it can be returned to a liquid state by warming.
Pasteurized Honey is honey that has been heated in a pasteurization process which requires very hot temperature. The process of pasteurization destroys yeast cells and liquefies any microcrystals in the honey, which delays the onset of visible crystallization. However, excessive heat exposure also results in product deterioration and excessive heat also affects the honey’s appearance, taste, and fragrance.
Creamed Honey is also called whipped honey, spun honey, churned honey, honey fondant, and set honey. It has been processed to control crystallization. Creamed honey contains a large number of small crystals, which prevent the formation of larger crystals that can occur in unprocessed honey. The processing also produces a honey with a smooth, spreadable consistency.
Strained honey has been passed through a mesh material to remove particulate material like pieces of wax without removing pollen, minerals or enzymes.
Ultrasonicated Honey has been processed by ultrasonication that is a non-thermal processing alternative for honey. It eradicates existing crystals and slows down further crystallization in honey. Ultrasonically aided liquefaction can work at substantially lower temperatures and can reduce liquefaction time to less than half a minute
Dried Honey is used in baked goods and to garnish desserts. It has the moisture extracted from liquid honey to create completely solid, nonsticky granules without the use of drying and anticaking agents.
Chunk Honey is filled into wide mouth containers comprising of one or more pieces of comb honey wrapped up in extracted liquid honey.
Honey Decoctions are made from honey or honey by-products which have been dissolved in water, then reduced by means of boiling and after which other ingredients are then added.
Manuka Honey is a type of honey produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the native Manuka bush and is averred to treat wound infections and other conditions. It is fun and worth knowing that honey actually has different faces and has different uses, too. Not as food but also as medicine and more beyond just what we conventionally know about it.