The importance of raw pure honey in today’s world is at a new high. The reason being increased demand and limited supply of natural and raw honey. Now with an increased level in the demand of honey the consumers are more and suppliers are comparatively less. This extensive difference in the number of buyers and available quantity of products leads to the practice of honey adulteration. To counter the huge demand, most of the honey in the market is adulterated to match the viscosity and taste of raw honey. This poses many health issues and also due to the chemicals found in honey. But it’s not always that the honey purchased is impure, if you get the honey directly from the supplier in its raw and unprocessed form then rest assured it’s pure.
Mentioned under are some simple easy ways to test the purity of honey at home, so next time check with certainty if the honey you are using is in its pure form or not.
Be sure to test before you taste!
1. The Water Test
Let’s get started with the easiest one, test purity of honey with water.
- Take a utensil full of water
- Add one tablespoon of honey into the water
- Observe the behavior of honey
- You will observe that if honey is impure it will dissolve in the water right away but honey in its pure form will settle down undissolved at the bottom.
2. Thumb Test
Did we say the water test was the easiest one? Wait till you try this one.
- Put the smallest of honey drop on your thumb
- Observe carefully if it spills or spreads around
Pure honey will stay intact on your thumb and will not spread.
3. Blotting Paper or Paper Towel Test
- Take a piece of blotting paper or paper towel
- Drop two to three drops of honey on it
- Check if it leaves any wet traces on the blotting paper
- Honey in its pure form will not be absorbed; neither will it be diluted with sugar syrups.
4. Fire Test
- Take a dry match stick
- Dip the tip of the match stick into honey
- Strike the same stick against the rough surface of the matchbox
- Observe if and how it lights
- If the honey is pure the match stick will light up quickly and will keep on burning with ease. If impure it will not light up due to the moisture present in the honey.
5. Vinegar Test
- Take a few drops of honey into a bowl and mix it with some water and a tablespoon of vinegar
- If it forms a solution then the honey is adulterated.
6. Heat Test
We tried testing by fire now time to turn up the heat.
- Put honey in a container and heat it
- Observe if the honey caramelizes or bubbles up
- When you heat pure honey it caramelizes quickly and does not get foamy.
7. Spoon Test
- Take a small amount of honey on a spoon
- Hold it up and see if it stays to the spoon
- The pure form will stay glued to the spoon, if it falls off the honey is impure.
8. Iodine Test
- Take a spoon full of honey, add some water and a few drops of iodine
- Mix it well
- Observe if it changes to blue color
- If the honey turns blue it is bogus! Your honey is mixed with some other things like starch or flour in it.
9. Test with Bread
- Take a slice of bread
- Apply some honey on it
- See if the bread hardens or get wet.
- Pure honey will harden the bread in a few minutes, if the honey is impure the bread will get wet due to the water added to honey.
10. Refrigerate It
- Store your honey bottle in the refrigerator
- Check if it freezes
- Pure honey does not freeze
Mentioned above are some of the easiest ways to check the purity of honey at home.
Honey is a healthy natural alternative for sugar with many benefits. Check the quality before buying it as only honey in its raw form has true sanative properties. This is the reason why generations of people have preferred honey without any true substitute.