TikTok food trend gone viral, though not-so-new for the industry
Frozen honey has gone viral, becoming a new trendy snack that’s perfect for the summer.
For those of you who follow unique food trends (aka experiments) Frozen Honey, also referred to as Frozen Honey Jelly, has now taken center stage on TikTok.
For those in the industry, there is nothing new about frozen honey. Freezing honey is the best way to ensure it retains its natural flavor, color and purity.
That said, some forms of honey are always best stored in the freezer.
You have just purchased a beautiful square of comb honey. You cut it in half and served it with a tasty cheese platter. Now you have a half of the quite expensive comb and honey is leaking into the container. What to do? Cover the box of comb, or place the leftovers in a plastic container and put it into your freezer.
- The honey slows down and stops leaking from the comb.
- The honey has moved past the crystallization point too quickly and simply thickens.
- The honey is, essentially, held still in time. It won’t darken or lose flavor.
- The next time you want comb honey for your cheese platter, remove it from the freezer and put it on the platter you will use, letting it warm slowly.
After 10 minutes or so, it will be perfect for serving.
For the past several years there has been a growing interest in the honeys produced by stingless bees (Melipona), particularly those of the Yucatan.
The stingless bee lives in small colonies collecting honey and storing it in small honey pots in the hive. The Mayan have long held that the honey produced by these bees is a gift from the gods that helps heal wounds, ulcers and cataracts, to list a few. The honey is sweet and sour all at once, acidic with a floral aroma.
This extremely expensive honey is becoming more and more in demand, but its high moisture content makes it prone to fermentation and decreases its alleged benefits. In order to avoid fermentation, store this honey in the freezer. Because of the high water content, it reacts differently than regular honey in the freezer. It will turn white and firm, rather than remain clear and viscous (like the honey you might have seen on TikTok.
To eat ‘frozen’ melipona honey, spoon it out of the jar and return it to the freezer after use.
Take this a step further
Freeze unique varietal honey and broaden your taste horizons. You can purchase honeys available through the University bookstore: here.