Honey never spoils and has an unlimited shelf life but for practical purposes and store requirements, a shelf life of two or more years is often stated. Raw honey has a very low water content (normally less than 18%), and a fairly high acidic level, this makes for very unfavorable conditions for bacteria to grow. If bacteria cannot grow in honey, then it cannot spoil.
As long as it is unpasteurized, no. Honey stored in sealed containers can remain stable for decades and even centuries! However, honey is susceptible to physical and chemical changes during storage; it tends to darken and lose its aroma and flavor or crystallize.
Unpasteurized honey will granulate over time, especially when kept in cool or cold places. To increase its shelf life, consider storing honey in a warm location such as in an interior kitchen cupboard near or over the stove. If it does granulates, just screw the cap tight and put it into hot water (not boiling). Gentle heating below 115 degrees F does not destroy the natural flavor or attributes of the honey. If you are careful, you can heat the honey in the microwave at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds till liquefied. Our creamed honeys will all start hard when they are freshly jarred, but after 1-2 weeks they will soften to room temperature and then stay in the creamy state forever. If they get stored in a cold place however (like a garage during winter) they may harden up again but will soften once more when returned to room temperature, again 1-2 weeks.
Honey can be stored pretty much anywhere at any temperature however different temperatures can cause it to crystalize (if it is cold) or liquefy (if it is hot). It is one of the few products in the world that never goes bad, due to its unique chemical composition. We recommend storing your honey at room temperature whenever possible to stop it from crystalizing due to cold temperatures or liquefying due to hot temperatures.
No, there are many varieties and flavors of honey, depending on the flowers from which bees collect nectar. All of our honey is collected from areas where plants that have not been given harsh chemical fertilizers, pesticides or been genetically altered in any way.
As with any raw, unprocessed foods, honey is not recommended for infants whose immune systems are not fully developed, a process that occurs usually in the first year. Therefore it is not recommended for children under one year of age.