How to store Honey and Expiry date tips?
Honey Storage Tips and Expiry
Manuka honey should be stored in its original bottle in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight.
Honey is anti-bacterial and has a long shelf life without the need to be refrigerated. There is no need to refrigerate manuka honey as it can be stored at room temperature.
Avoid refrigeration to prevent crystallization of the honey. Crystallization is the natural process of glucose sugar molecules aligning into orderly arrangements known as crystals. Do not worry, crystallization is not an indicator of spoilage, impurity, age or quality. It can be reversible by leaving the honey at room temperature overnight.
Keep in its original bottles, either of glass or high quality plastic, in your kitchen cabinets or shelves.
Make sure your manuka honey is labelled UMF, as the UMF association would demand high quality plastic / glass containers to ensure that the manuka properties are maintained.
Honey does not spoil, they does not rot.
They found many ancient pots of honey, made thousands of years ago and they are all edible.
Modern government food regulations has a maximum of 5 years expiry date from the date of production. Hence even though scientific evidences point out that manuka honey does not spoil, they still put a 5 year expiry dates on all honey. This is to fulfill legal obligation.
Enjoy your manuka honey peacefully!