Did you know that honey is one of the only foods that contains all the substance and nutrients needed to sustain human life? It also has a shelf life of forever as long as it is stored properly. The more I learn about all the things it can be used for, the more I wonder why the heck it is not in my house! Of all things that I should have on hand for an emergency, it should be one of them! I've started to think about things I should start doing to make sure my family is prepared for an emergency, so if you don't mind I'm going to include them on my blog every once in a while. Here's all about how to store honey, as well as the health benefits associated with honey.
How to Store Honey
Honey can be stored in a tightly covered jar, and also food grade plastic buckets or canisters. I've heard varying opinions on the temperature to store honey at, but all agree it should be room temperature–don't store it in the fridge! If you are storing it for a long time, it is also best to store it in a dark and dry area (honey absorbs moisture). Don't worry if it crystallizes, this is a natural and normal process! Just warm it up and it will go back to normal. Something to Think About According to Food Safety News, the majority of honeys that you purchase at your grocery store have been filtered and had the pollen removed (thus losing health benefits). To make sure you are getting pure honey, it's best to buy from a farmer's market or get it organic online or at a “natural” foods store. To read more about the filtration process and why it is bad, read here:
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Health Benefits of Honey:
Coughs: Many of us know this one! It is great for coughs. Next time you find yourself hacking up a lung, take a teaspoon and let it trickle down your throat!
Allergy protection: Some people swear by honey for helping with allergies.
Antibiotic: Use on wounds to kill bacteria
What things have you done to prepare yourself and/or your family for an emergency?
What would you say are your TOP 3 food and non-food emergency preparedness items that you have stored?
Read some Fun Facts About Honey here.