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Welcome to the world of dehydrated honey – a wonderful, versatile powder that can be used in many unique ways. When you learn how to dehydrate honey at home, you can convert liquid honey into a lightweight convenient powder. Call it what you will: dehydrated honey, honey powder, or crystals-it is just another way to enjoy a remarkable substance made by bees.

Dehydrated honey in powder form in a glass jar with moisture packet image.

Perhaps you are already a fan of this sweet treat drizzled on ice cream, stirred into your morning coffee or added to those favorite baked cookies. In dehydrated form, your honey recipes will taste even sweeter.

Can You Really Dry Honey?

Yes, honey can be dried to a powdery form -by removing most of the moisture content. The bees have already started the job by reducing the water in plant nectar vs honey. You can take things to the next step and remove even more of the water content.

The powder form is nothing more than honey that has been dehydrated and ground into small crystals or powder.

How fine you grind the end product is a manner of personal preference. You may choose a very fine powder or even a slightly larger crystal resembling raw sugar.

Of course, you can buy honey powder ready to use. However, be sure to read the labels. It may contain other ingredients to ensure good pouring.

That is perfectly okay, just be sure you know what you are paying for. When you dehydrate your own honey at home, you control any additives. It is a good idea to investigate some of the ways to check for pure honey – see if they work for you.

Materials Needed

In this tutorial I am using only a few tools and supplies:

  • dehydrator
  • silicone sheets
  • magic bullet
  • honey
  • food desiccant (optional)

Choosing Honey

There are many varieties of honey to consider for your dehydration project. The color of honey and flavor is determined to a large degree by the plant nectar source used by the bees.

When it is made from many different nectar sources, it is often called “Wildflower Honey.” If only one nectar source was used primarily you get varieties such as Sourwood Honey, Clover Honey or even Orange Blossom.

When you are planning to dry honey, any variety will work. However, the product straight from the beekeeper often yields the best results. This should be no surprise as a small-scale producer has the opportunity to carefully tend to each jar.

For commercial purposes, large food packers sometimes filter their product to keep the jar looking nice for a long time. This packaging process may remove some of the good benefits of this raw food.

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However, if you cannot locate any directly from a beekeeper. Try to find the best raw product at the grocery.

The viscosity of honey does vary and it is temperature dependent too. Thick honey will work better than that which is runny – thin honey often has a higher water content.

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How to Dehydrate Honey without a Dehydrator

If you want to create some dried honey crystals but lack a dehydrator, there is another option. Though the heat may destroy some of the nutritional aspects of this raw food.

Use a pot on the stove to heat your honey. Allow room for expansion as it will bubble up. Use a candy thermometer to achieve a temperature of 300° F / 148° C.

This is the hard crack candy stage. Do not over heat or it will burn and be careful to avoid burning yourself.

Remove from stove and quickly pour hot honey on your silicone sheets (or parchment paper) lined flat pans. Leave to cool in a dry – low humidity environment. Then, crush or grind to the desired consistency.

I have not used this method to make honey powder because I strive to keep my raw honey..raw.

Expert Tips

  • Though I have read that it will work, the round dehydrators with heat at the bottom did not work for me. After spreading the honey in a very thin layer, I ran the small machine for 4 days in a room with a dehumidifier going. It did not work.
  • When I use my Excaliber Dehydrator with heat at the back, my honey was dried in 2 days.
  • At first, I did not use the screens under that came with my trays under the teflon sheets – that was a mistake. It allowed the honey to pool in spots causing uneven drying.
  • Run an air conditioner or dehumidifier in the room during the drying and grinding process if the humidity is high. Honey absorbs moisture from the air and will do so within a few minutes.

Ways to Use Dehydrated Honey Powder

Once you have a store of dried honey packaged away for easy keeping, you will find a multitude of ways to put it to good use. These are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Use as a sweetener in coffee or tea
  • Dissolves nicely in cold drinks too
  • Sprinkle on ice cream
  • Dust fruits with powder when drying them in dehydrator
  • Use instead of brown sugar in backed goods
  • Easy to take with you on camping trips or hiking
Container of honey powder made using dehydrator image.

Storage

Once the honey is dehydrated and you have ground it into powder form. Use a hand blender or magic bullet to grind it into powder.

Store it in a tight sealing jar with a lid. It is a good idea to place a few desiccant packs inside as the powder will quickly clump up as it absorbs air moisture. It is not unusual for me to have to stir it up before using it as a sprinkle.

Benefits of Dehydrated Honey

Already one of the most shelf stable foods, honey lasts virtually forever. When stored properly honey does not go bad. Yes, it may crystallize to a solid consistency.

But, that is a natural state that most pure honey eventually becomes. Don’t throw it out! You can decrystallize honey very easily.

Honey crystallized in jars to solid image.

Since this food made by bees is already so wonderful, why bother with dehydration? Sometimes, we want to use it in another form. The flavor of honey powder sprinkled on food offers a different texture than the liquid version.

Dehydrated honey is easier to store because it takes up less room. It dissolves faster in beverages – especially cold drinks.

Also, it is much easier to use this form of honey in baking because you don’t have to adjust the liquid level in the recipes.

In this form you can use it just like sugar. However, since it is sweeter than sugar-maybe you can use less.

FAQs

Can you dehydrate honey into powder?

Yes, simply dry the honey in a dehydrator to remove all the moisture. Then grind the dried pieces with a blender until they reach the powder consistency that you desire.

Is dehydrated honey good for you?

Dehydrated honey has the same nutritional value of regular honey. It is likely better than regular white sugar.

Does honey powder taste like honey?

Honey powder does taste like real honey but due to the texture it has a bit of a different taste experience.

How long does honey powder last?

When stored properly and protected from moisture, honey powder will last for years – just like regular honey.

A Final Word

Making dehydrated honey is a fun project. But, it is not extremely easy or fast – it can be a challenge. However, there are some applications where having a powdered honey is a plus.

Honey is a perfect food for bees because it stores for a long time without spoiling. In this way it provides the colony with food to eat during the long cold Winter months.

It will do the same for us. Whether you enjoy it in its regular form, creamed honey or even eating honey in the comb, it is a welcome addition to the menu.

Dehydrated honey in powder form in a glass jar with moisture packet image.

How to Dehydrate Honey Tutorial

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
Step by step instructions for dehydrating honey into a powdered form.
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Supplies
 

Instructions
 

  • Prepare Silicone Sheets or Paper for trays. What you choose will depend in part on the type of dehydrator you have.
    You can use special silicone sheets that fit your dehydrator trays or parchment paper or freezer paper.
    If using paper, cut the sheets to fit your trays and place them in. Make sure your dehydrator is sitting on a level surface.
    Dehydrator and special sheets to hold liquid honey image.
  • Pouring honey on sheets. Work with one tray at a time. Pour honey onto the sheet.
    You can pour it in the middle and spread outward or drizzle a pattern across the sheet-then spread. This can be aggravating because honey is naturally sticky!
    Start small, you can add a bit easier than you can get it off. If you want to add any flavors such as cinnamon or ginger -now is the time.
    Raw honey drizzled across sheets for dehydrator image.
  • Spread product evenly. Use a spatula or large spoon to spread the honey across the sheet.
    It must not be thicker than 1/8” and it is best if it is spread uniformly. Avoid puddles and thicker spots as much as possible.
    Warming the honey a bit may help in spreading it across the sheet or paper. I hold one side down with a finger and use the spatula to spread the honey moving away from the held down side.
    Spatula used to spread honey uniformly image.
  • Set the dehydrator to 120” F / 40° C.
    Now for the part of that requires a lot of patience. Run the dehydrator until the honey is hard and crisp.
    How long it takes depends on your dehydrator, the humidity in the room, and the water content of your honey : 24-48 hours is common.
    Check it every 6 hours or so during the day to make sure it is not becoming burnt. It is finished when it is set and no longer sticky.
    Dehydrator set to 120 degrees F image.
  • You want to have everything ready to crush and store as soon as the honey cools a bit. Do not leave it sitting around it will absorb moisture.
    If you are using Teflon dehydrator sheets , the dried honey will pop right off. Otherwise use a spatula to remove the chips of honey from the paper.
    Removing chips of dried honey from dehydrator sheets image.
  • Grind to desired consistency.
    Grind using a food processor, (mortar and pestle) or I used my Magic Bullet. Any tool to get it to a granular or powdered consistency.
    Using magic bullet to grind dried honey into powder image.
  • Storing dehydrated honey.
    Immediately, place in a tight sealing jar and toss in a food grade desiccant package. This helps prevent clumping – but clumping will occur.
    This is raw honey. Honey powder that you buy already made has other ingredients to help it flow.
    Sealed jar of honey powder image.

Notes

  • For me, drying honey works best with a strong dehydrator.  I am not saying that you can not use a small one – but it may take days…
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