Heating Honey – Everything You Need to Know

Heating honey can alter its chemical composition and weaken its healthful ingredients. While beehive temperatures suggest moderate heat doesn’t harm honey, excessive heat during cooking can degrade its beneficial enzymes and antioxidants, affecting its flavor and potency. Ultra-fine filtration also diminishes honey’s health benefits by removing beneficial pollen grains and organic materials. Safely heating honey involves avoiding direct heat and keeping temperatures close to those within a beehive, around 95º F (35 ºC). Techniques like the boiled water method, slow cooker warming, and using a honey warming bee blanket are recommended to maintain honey’s natural properties.