Found your honey has gone hard? Here's how to rescue it.
By Alesandra Dubin Published on January 23, 2023
There’s nothing sweeter than a drizzle of golden honey as a fruit or cheese topper, toasty drink sweetener, or folded into a recipe. But what happens when you reach for the honey, only to find it hardened into the container?
Fear not: It’s still safe to eat, and you can successfully revive hardened honey using a variety of different methods and containers. Here’s how to soften honey.
How To Soften Honey in Warm Water
If you have the time, you can soften honey in a plastic or glass vessel by placing the container into a bowl of hot—but not boiling—water. The water level should be at least halfway up to the level of the honey in the jar.
As the water cools, you will have to replace it with warm or hot water continually until the honey is fully softened. This method is easy and effective, but it requires some patience and time.
Alternatively, heat water inside a saucepan; then remove the saucepan from heat. Now, place the jar of honey inside a saucepan with the hot (but not boiling) water up to the level of the honey in the jar. Do not let any water get inside the honey container. Using this method, you can soften honey in about 15 minutes.
Similarly, you can use a sous vide machine with the same result: Set the temperature to 110°F, and place the container of honey (or just the portion size you need softened in a bag) inside the water bath.