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Old 01-22-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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Many times here i have seen people taken to task (myself included) about heating their honey, yet in many of the recipes in the database i see people telling you to use heat. What gives? Are they old school recipes that the owner hasn't updated to new ways of thinking?

Heat or no Heat...that is the question.

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Old 01-22-2013, 02:30 PM   #2
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From what I have gathered; as long as you pay attention to your sterilization there is no need to heat the honey.

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Old 01-22-2013, 02:35 PM   #3
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I think like many things, cooking alters/reduces flavours. In the case of honey it takes away some of the more subtle aromatics. It also adds an entirely unnecessary step to the process.

In the case of melomels it sets pectins and makes them hazy.

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Old 01-22-2013, 02:47 PM   #4
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I don't heat persay. I do set it in the sink full of warm water to help it flow better then it get mixed with a bit of warm water. I guess heating the honey is relative term.

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Old 01-22-2013, 04:36 PM   #5
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The heating of the honey and actually boiling had to do more with a way to remove impurities from raw honey. It is still a preferred method by many, plus some say this method reduces aging time. At least that is what I hace picked up along the way. Personally, I heat my water and dissolve my honey in the hot water, but I do not continue to heat the water.

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