Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Does This Taste Rotten To You?

That is one question I have never quite understood? Why would I want to taste something that is spoiled?  Same thing with "Does my breath smell bad"?

Anyways. That is one thing someone can never ask you when it comes to honey. That's because honey is the one food that will never spoil. Sure there are some foods like dried rice, salt, and molasses that can last for a very long time. But not in its basic raw form. Archeologists have found pots of honey that are thousands of years old.

And the reason for that is that first off it is a sugar which contains very little water because it is hygroscopic.  Due to the fact that all the little bee wing flapping dries out the nectar as the honey is being made. There for bacteria has a hard time thriving in there because there is no moisture.

Honey is also acidic. Even though it is so sweet it surprisingly has a pH value of about 3.5 which will destroy most living things trying to grow in it.

Also when bees regurgitate the nectar from their stomachs it's been processed by an enzyme called glucose oxidase which breaks the nectar down into the gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide. And as we all know hydrogen peroxide is not an easy place for bacteria to live.

So if you keep that jar sealed it will remain unspoiled FOR EVERRR.