What does fermented honey look like? (+3 storage tips)

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “what does fermented honey look like” with an in-depth analysis of the appearance and taste profile of honey. Moreover, we are going to discuss the health benefits of fermented honey products and the easy way to make fermented garlic honey along with the tips to properly store it.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

What does fermented honey look like?

Fermented honey has a thinner consistency than that of regular honey but is thicker than that of the mead. The fermented honey is smooth, silky, and frothy in its texture and consistency.

What does fermented honey taste like?

Fermented honey has a sharper and stronger flavor than regular honey owing to the fermentation products like alcohol, acetic acid, and carbon dioxide present in it.

What is fermented honey?

Fermented honey is also known as Baker’s honey and is characterized by its large moisture content as compared to that of other variants of honey. Because of the high moisture content, yeast and the naturally present enzymes start the process of fermentation in the honey. Along with the high moisture, warm temperature also favors the fermentation process of the honey.

What are the factors that are responsible for the fermentation of honey?

Moisture content and temperature are the two main factors that are responsible for creating a suitable environment in which yeast can start the process of fermentation of honey.

The higher the moisture content is the higher are the chances of fermentation of honey. Likewise warmer temperature favors the fermentation process.

What is mead?

Mead is a honey-based alcoholic beverage that is prepared by intentionally adding water to the honey. The high moisture content will then activate the yeast that starts the process of fermentation to make certain alcoholic compounds in the mixture and the result we get is a sweet alcoholic beverage, mead.

The more the honey content will be, the sweeter will be the mead. So in 5-gallon regular mead, there is present approximately 9-12 lbs of honey in the water while in sweet mead there is present 16-22 lbs of honey, and the remaining volume is filled by the water.

How to make fermented garlic honey?

Start with cutting and mincing the garlic cloves in a big mason jar. Add honey to it and close the lid of the jar. Shake the jar a few times to make sure that the honey coats the crushed garlic properly and let it just sit there. Once you see the bubble formation started inside the jar, it is the indication that the fermentation has started. All you have to do now is to wait for a few days. Every day open the lid for a few seconds to let out the excess of carbon dioxide that is formed as the by-product of fermentation. Once the thick consistency of honey changes into the thinner one and the garlic cloves settle in the base of the jar it is the indication that your fermented honey is prepared. You can enjoy it and can even store it for up to a year in a cool, dry, and dark place in an air-tight jar or container. 

You can read more about the detailed recipe here.

What are the benefits of fermented honey?

Fight against cold and flu

Fermented honey products are proved to have a positive impact on relieving the signs of flu and cold. Moreover honey also has a relieving effect when it comes to a sore throat.

Boost immune system

Fermented garlic honey is proved to boost our immune system and helps to keep common diseases at bay.

How to properly store fermented honey?

  1. When storing the fermented honey it should be kept in mind that some space should be left empty at the top of the jar or container that you are storing fermented honey into as there is bubble formation taking place in the honey owing to the formation of carbon dioxide that is formed as a result of the process of fermentation.
  2. Always store the fermented honey in a cool, dry, and dark place away from direct sunlight.
  3. You should always store the fermented honey in an air-tight container and jar to minimize its exposure to air.

How to prevent the fermentation in honey?

You can prevent the fermentation process from changing the composition of your honey by heating it to 145°F for 30 minutes or you can try heating it at 150°F for 15 minutes and cool it afterward. This process will kill the yeast that is responsible for fermenting honey but on the downside, some delicate flavor compounds and some nutrients of honey will also be lost after heating it at such high temperature.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “what does fermented honey look like” with an in-depth analysis of the appearance and taste profile of honey. Moreover, we discussed the health benefits of fermented honey products and the easy way to make fermented garlic honey along with the tips to properly store it.

Citations

https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/natural-fermentation/how-to-ferment-honey/

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Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.

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