There are some simple tests and experiments that can be performed at home, to verify the purity of honey. They are:
Test 1: Using water
- Pour water into a glass.
- Spoon out a tablespoon of honey from the honey jar, you want to test.
- Place the spoon in the glass of water.
Gently shake the glass.
Verdict: If the honey starts to dissolve and mix with the water, it’s not pure and some amount of water has been added to it. But if the honey forms a small lump and sinks to the bottom of the glass, it is pure in quality.
Test 2: Using methylated spirit/denatured alcohol
Mix equal parts of honey and equal parts of spirit in a glass.
Verdict: If the honey forms a lump and sinks, it is pure. But if it is adulterated, it will dissolve in the spirit and turn it milky white.
Test 3: Using fire
- You will need a candle with a cotton wick.
- Dip the wick into a small amount of honey.
- Allow the excess honey to drip off.
Now light a match and hold it to the wick.
Verdict: If the candle wick burns, the honey is pure. But if it fails to burn, water has been added to the honey.
Test 4: Using paper
- Use a blotting paper or a white cloth.
Drop a few drops of honey on the paper/cloth.
Verdict: If the honey is pure, it will remain solid on paper. Impure honey will be absorbed by the paper. With the cloth, try washing off the honey. If it does not stain, it is pure.
Test 5: Testing the swirl of honey
Dip a honey dipper or spoon into some honey.
Hold the dipper above a plate and pour the honey.
Watch how the honey falls.
Verdict: As it falls, pure honey will flow from the spoon in a clockwise direction. It will do so very slowly. You flick the spoon upwards and the flow will slowly stop. A layered step formation of honey is formed on the plate. If adulterated, the honey will flow rapidly and smoothly and will pool on the plate.
Before carrying out any of the above tests, one basic and extremely simple “how to check the purity of honey” method is to read the label on the jar of honey, prior to its purchase. Manufacturers are required to mention the additives and additional substances that have been added to the produced honey. So you can make out, if it is organic or extra sweet or artificial flavourings have been added, simply by scrutinizing the label.
If you are buying honey straight from a beekeeper, then the honey is of a raw and unprocessed quality as you are purchasing it straight from the source. Local Honey Man is a Beekeeper so you are in safe hands!
Hope you enjoyed reading how to test honey and will now not accept anything less than Pure Raw Honey!
(We define pure honey to be honey that has not been adulterated with anything, nothing added, nothing taken away!)