Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions? We have answers!
How long is honey good for?
Honey was found in the tombs in Egypt and it was still edible! Keeping your honey free of added liquids will allow it to stand the test of time. *If you lick the spoon and decide you want more do yourself and your honey a favor and grab a new spoon!
What is that in my honey?
You may find a thin layer of foam on top and small particles floating in your honey. The foam is a result of the tiny air bubbles in the honey that escape to the top during the trip from hive to the jar. LKC Honey is minimally strained only once, leaving behind bits of pollen, propolis and all of the wonderful enzymes one that make up raw honey.
I have crystals in my honey? Do I need to throw it out?
Do Not Throw It Out! Raw honey will naturally crystallize over time. This is mainly due to the natural sugars in the honey, so it is unrelated to quality or shelf life.
The best way to break down the crystals is good old fashion elbow grease and a spoon. Stirring will loosen the chemical bonds that created the crystals and return the honey to its smooth state.
*Never heat the honey in a microwave to avoid breaking down the important components such as enzymes, vitamins and amino acids.
How "local" is local honey?
Since there is no set standard for defining what distance defines local honey this falls on you. Some people may consider honey harvested from their backyard to be" local". While others will classify honey harvested from anywhere in their state to be "local". Neither answer is right or wrong, it is up to you to make the decision where your radius is.
We have two thoughts on this:
1. If you like the taste of the honey, eat it regardless of if it is local!
2. If you are committed to the idea of local ask what was blooming when the honey was made. If you have the same blooms near you then you should be set.
What grows on your property?
We have a little bit of everything! The property is a mix of oaks and cabbage palms that boarders the north fork of the Sebastian River and the St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park.
Since purchasing the land we have added over 13 mango varieties, citrus, figs, peaches, nectarines, pomegranates, pears, plouts, bananas, lychees, longans, and carambola (star fruit) . We also have blackberry, raspberry and blueberries and a patch of wild blueberries that provide the best snack after working in the hives!
Bee Kind and Help the Bees
Finding locally sourced honey from a responsible beekeeper is a great step towards helping the bee population.
There are a few other easy ways to help our pollinators thrive:
Plant pollinator friendly plants:
Keep pesticides out of the garden:
Remove unwanted hives naturally:
If you discover an unwanted hive get in contact with a local beekeeping group. They will be happy to relocate them to a more suitable habitat.
The Bees at Work
A glimpse of a day with LKC Honey