what happens as honey ages
Nearly all honey will eventually crystalize (go hard, or "candy") as a result of the sugar to water ratio and the pollen content of the honey. Some honey will go hard quickly, some will take a very long to crystallize, and a rare few types will never go hard. This is a natural process and has no effect on the taste or quality, although some people prefer their honey one way or the other. You can re-liquify the honey by gently heating it (in a hot water bath, on a sunny window sill, etc) and periodically stirring it. We don't recommend microwaving your honey to decrystallize it as this destroys the flavour of your honey.
Some honey will form white, frost-like patterns on the inside of the jar as a result of microscopic air bubbles being trapped against the glass. We usually only see this in honey that crystallizes rapidly and has a very high pollen content. While it has no effect on the flavour, many people mistakenly think their honey has gone bad. Nothing could be further from the truth! You can get rid of the frosting by opening the jar and giving it a good stir.
Despite internet memes about honey being found in the pyramids, honey can ferment if the moisture content is high enough. This may very well have been how mead was first discovered! However, the moisture content of my honey is nowhere near high enough to spontaneously turn into alcohol. If you're interested in making mead from my honey you'll need to add quite a bit of water to it.
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cooking and baking
If you're planning on cooking with your honey either as a substitute for sugar or because you're making something that requires it, think about the other flavours that are going into your dish. If there are other strong flavours, then the honey you use will have minimal impact on the overall taste. While cooking will destroy the enzymes in the honey, much of the flavour will come through (if you let it).
Honey goes well with cheese, wine, bread, and a whole range of different dishes too numerous to list. The type of honey you choose to drizzle on a dish can have a major impact! The tasting notes in the description of each honey can be useful in deciding which honey would work best for a given situation. If you're planning an event and want to actually taste some of the honey before you purchase, feel free to contact us directly and we'll work something out.
Just for Eating
If you're just going to eat the honey out of the jar - something we strongly advocate - then it all comes down to personal preference!
Australian Post (Standard)
In a nutshell, rural SA is sufficiently remote that the only shipping option that makes sense is Auspost, unless you're ordering a large enough quantity to make a courier shipper affordable (and if you're after 100kg of Unspun honey, ring to discuss first). If you order one jar or 8, the cheapest option is a 5kg pre-paid postage satchel wrapped around a box. Once we factor in the cost of packaging (box and packing material) it comes to about $20.
Free Shipping (Local delivery or Pickup)
If you chose the free delivery option, we'll get it to you by the following Tuesday or Friday, whichever comes first - this way we're not spending all our time driving around delivering honey. If you chose the free pickup option we'll send you an email and we can arrange a time/place for you to pick it up (we'll set the honey aside for you). Want to pick your honey up at the Mount Gambier Farmer's Market on a day when we're not there? Not a problem - we can leave your order with one of the other stallholders there. Live out of town but have a friend coming through the Mount? Get them to pick up your order for you on their way through!
Not yet implemented. We're still working through this one.