How to test the purity of honey.

How to Test if Honey is Truly Pure or Not

This young man’s grandma bought a little jar of honey from a peddler wandering about Tagbilaran City. Unsure if the honey was pure or not, he decided to do some tests on the sample and the same tests on some mysteriously purchased honey.

The results? They might surprise you!

Although it might seem like these tests are done for this very specific situation, you can test just about any honey using these methods. These tests are easy to perform at home and they’re a great way to tell if the honey you picked up at the farmer’s market or the grocery store is actually pure honey.

It might seem strange but it’s true, the grocery store honey could easily be some kind of unpure blend being masked as actual honey. Likewise, something you pick up on the side of the road or at a farmer’s market could be fake honey in disguise.

You can’t let labels and where you bought your honey fool you! The only way to truly tell is the following tests that this man performed on Sample A (the peddled sample) and Sample B (a mysterious sample.)

We can only assume that Sample B is being kept a secret in an effort to keep the tests from becoming biased, which will make more sense at the end, we promise.

Test 1: Pour on Water

Pouring the honey in question in a glass of water will help you tell if the honey is pure or not. If the honey dissolves into the water, it’s unpure. If it forms a clump at the bottom of the water, it’s pure.

Sample A: Not Pure

Sample B: Pure

 

Test 2: Burn It

If honey doesn’t burn under the pressure of fire, it’s not pure. If it does burn, it’s pure. All you have to do is put a dollop of honey on the end of a piece of paper and burn it to see the result.

Sample A: Not Pure

Sample B: Pure

 

Test 3: Put It On Your Finger

This one’s a little sticky! Put a bit of honey on the tip of your finger. If it’s spills off your finger tip, it’s not pure. If it stays put, it’s pure.

Sample A: Not Pure

Sample B: Pure

 

The Results: Sample A is Not Pure!

The sample that was being peddled on the streets as honey turned out to not be pure. The second sample was purchased at a BOHOL Bee Farm, so it was definitely pure, as the tests allude to.

It makes sense that we didn’t know the second sample was from a bee farm, it kept the results from getting skewed. But in the end, it was clear that this man knew the sample was most likely pure and would therefore act as a great example of how real honey SHOULD look against something fake.

What do you think of these honey tests? Will you be trying these out on your store-bought honey to discover the truth? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.