I just love putting Honey in my Hot Tea. I opened a brand new bottle of honey this morning at work and put some in my cup of tea. I started to drink my tea and it had a rank taste to it. I thought it was maybe an old tea bag so I dumped the tea out and got me a fresh cup. Well, the second cup tasted the same. I decided to smell the honey and it had a real rank smell to it. Just wondering, Can honey go bad? I had heard No.
That is correct, honey won't go bad. But, as RPC stated, where did the honey come from? Also, is it Pure honey? I have never heard of flavored honeys going bad either, but if there is anything added to it, it might make a difference depending on what is used to flavor it.
If it is pure honey, with no additives, then I would return it to wherever you bought it from.
The bottle of Honey says, Pure Honey. The color is very dark and has a molasses taste to it. Was bought at a Kroger Store in Fort Wayne.
Ahhh, I would suspect what you have is Buckwheat honey! And yes, it does taste quite different than regular honey from wildflowers or clover. Buckwheat honey does take some getting used to. Without actually seeing it or tasting it, that would be my guess and I would say that it is probably just fine. But if you have concerns, as you are the one eating it, then use a honey that's lighter in color like a clover honey.
For me the tastiest honey is alfalfa honey. And I agree, buckwheat honey is an acquired taste.
If honey crystalizes, it is not bad, all you have to do is heat it up in a microwave just a bit or set the jar/bottle in warm water on the stove top to de-crystalize it.
Does it say on the bottle the type of honey (alfalfa, clover, buckwheat etc.) or do you just have to know what to look for? I have had some "stronger" honey at times that made my tea a little more robust than I care for. Is color the best indicator of strength of flavor?
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This is the Honey. Guess they got it at Walmart
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You are all very welcome! Glad I could be of assistance.
At one time, Meijers sold a line of honey that included six or eight different honeys-buckwheat, alfalfa. orange blossom, etc. I do not know if they still carry these.
I have heard that you should buy honey that is processed within a 10-15 mile radius of where you live to help combat allergies. I get honey from the apple farm in Kendallville. It's good!
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