Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Day #371 To Filter or not to Filter

Yesterday we looked at reasons to pasteurize (or not pasteurize) honey. Today, let’s draw once more on the wisdom of Bob Bennie at Blue Ridge Honey Company. This is taken from the FAQs page on his website.

  Why filter honey?
Honey is commonly filtered to remove sugar crystals, air bubbles, particles of beeswax and pollen and any other hive debris that may be present. Fine filtering of honey makes the honey bright and clear and removes anything that could act as a platform for sugar crystals to build upon and therefore facilitate the granulation process. Simply put, it gives the honey a longer shelf life without granulation and a better appearance for purchase appeal.

I much prefer the thought of unfiltered honey, though. An awful lot is lost during the filtering process.

  Why not filter honey?
The fine filtering of honey removes much of what makes raw honey a healthy and desirable food. This would include particles of pollen, beeswax and propolis.

Which do you prefer?

BEEattitude for Day # 371:
       Blessed are those who sing in the rain, for they shall call green into their lives.

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