What can be made from old honey: how to use and cooking recipes

What can be made from old honey: how to use and cooking recipes

Natural bee honey has a long shelf life. But after 24 months, valuable nectar loses most of its useful properties, turns into an ordinary sweet treat. Such a bee product is most often used for baking and as a he althy sugar for drinks. How to get the most out of a stagnant product and what can be done with old bee honey, we will look into the details below.

Honey expiration date

The shelf life of honey depends on the following factors:

  • maturity of the nectar pumped out of the hive;
  • weather and climatic conditions in which the insects collected the delicacy;
  • honey plants growing in the region of honey production;
  • storage conditions for the finished bee product.

Store nectar in tightly closed containers at a temperature not exceeding +20 degrees and moderate humidity. Honey is hygroscopic, it quickly absorbs moisture from the air, which negatively affects its properties and composition. When all requirements are met, the delicacy retains all useful and nutritional characteristics for up to 2 years.

Important! If stored improperly, a natural gift will have a bitter taste, stratification and turbidity of nectar are observed, and foam forms on the surface. Such a product is not suitable for consumption even in processed form.

Where can I use old honey

Old, stagnant bee nectar does not need to be thrown away, because a valuable product can be of great use in cooking, traditional medicine and cosmetology:

  • delicacy retains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties;
  • has a calming effect, improves the functioning of the nervous system, activates brain activity;
  • is a carrier of nutrients for skin, hair and nail plates;
  • used as a natural antiseptic and pain reliever.

Also, old honey is actively used in beekeeping to feed insects in the cold season.

Important! The stagnant delicacy retains substances that can cause an allergic reaction and individual intolerance to the product.

In cosmetology

After 2 years of storage, honey loses its main healing properties.But the nectar contains many useful carbohydrates and mineral compounds that are used in cosmetology. From such a delicacy at home, you can make nourishing, cleansing and rejuvenating masks, add it to shampoos, shower gels and balms.

Natural gift has an antifungal effect, so it helps to get rid of dandruff and improve hair structure. To prepare a cosmetic product you will need:

  • tablespoon of natural bee honey;
  • 200 ml chamomile decoction.

Nectar is added to the broth, mixed thoroughly. The finished infusion is treated with hair and scalp, left for 2 hours. After the time has elapsed, the head is washed with warm, running water. This procedure is repeated every 2-3 days until the problem is resolved.

To make a rejuvenating mask, egg white is mixed with 1 tablespoon of nectar. The resulting mass is applied to the skin of the face and left for 15-20 minutes, after which it is washed off with warm water.

Advice! An old bee product is great for massage and nourishing scrub.


If honey in jars has not fermented and has not lost its taste properties, it is used to prepare various desserts, sauces, marinades and drinks.

Since ancient times, sbiten and mead have been made from natural bee gifts. In ancient Russia, these were the most common drinks that were consumed by different segments of the population. Also, from the stagnant delicacy, tasty and he althy pastries are obtained, and in its natural form, the beekeeping product is an excellent dessert for tea or coffee.

Hangover cure

If you mix natural bee gift with ginger, such a remedy quickly relieves a hangover and intoxication of the body after drinking alcoholic beverages.

For cooking you will need:

  • a small piece of fresh ginger root;
  • 2 teaspoons natural bee treat.

Ginger is brewed with boiling water and infused for 15-20 minutes, after which honey is added to the broth and stirred.

Important! Drink a healing drink on an empty stomach, 20-30 minutes before a meal.

Traditional medicine

Honey has long been used to treat and prevent many diseases. Although stagnant nectar loses most of its healing and beneficial properties, such a product is indispensable for improving immunity and treating colds and viral diseases. With a strong cough, a mixture of honey and lemon juice is prepared, and the high temperature is brought down with warm drinks with the addition of goodies.

Important! Natural gift helps to improve the functioning of the digestive organs, the cardiovascular system, accelerates the processes of metabolism and weight loss.

Preparation of honey from honey

Professional beekeepers use stocks of old nectar to make fresh bee honey. Events are held at a time when the number of flowering honey plants and insect activity are decreasing.

The stagnant product is installed next to the hives. Next, the bees will independently produce fresh nectar from old honey.

Methods of storage

In order for the healing nectar not to lose its beneficial properties, it is necessary to follow certain rules for storing a natural gift:

  • It is not allowed to store bee products in plastic and metal containers. It is best to place honey in ceramic, porcelain or glassware.
  • The lids of containers should be sealed tightly so as not to let in excess moisture and air.
  • The storage temperature of a natural bee gift should not exceed +20 degrees.

Capacities are placed in a dark place with humidity not exceeding 60%. Under the influence of sunlight, the delicacy loses most of its valuable and useful substances, and the shelf life of such a product is significantly reduced.

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