Well, to put it simply “details matter”.
Liquid honey is the way the honey comes from the hive. Our beekeepers collect boxes full of honey, extract them, and the resulting product is the golden honey that you are likely most familiar with. We carefully strain the honey to remove large particles while retaining all of the honey’s nutritious components.
The light colour of our honey is attributed to the beautiful flowers the bees have to forage on here in the Peace River region of Northern Alberta. We are surrounded by bountiful fields of alfalfa and clover which results in a light honey colour. In addition to the light colour, the honey also has a much milder flavour due to the nectar composition of the foraging species.
Liquid honey has, however, the disadvantage that it will eventually crystallize over time. Yes, this is a natural process and proof that your honey is authentic. When crystallization occurs, it can easily be reversed by placing the honey jar in hot water.
For some people, the crystallization of honey does not represent a major issue. Others, however, would prefer that the honey remain liquid forever. This is where creamed honey saves the day.
Creamed Honey vs. Liquid Honey
Despite the name, there is no dairy or “cream” added to creamed honey. It can also be called churned honey, or whipped honey, depending on what country you are in. Unlike liquid honey, creamed honey will never crystallize or go hard.
Creamed honey is the same golden liquid honey that undergoes a specific processing technique. Time, temperature and conditioning are carefully controlled to promote the formation of micro-crystals, which provide the creamed honey with its characteristic consistency.
The creaming process takes place at low temperatures, for this reason, the nutrients and health benefits of honey are not altered by this process.
If they are the same honey, why is creamed honey so white?
The creamed honey is lighter than the liquid honey because the fructose and glucose that crystallizes in the honey, reflect the light differently, appearing whiter to sight. Creamed honey is always lighter coloured than liquid honey of the same floral type. This is the same reason that liquid honey that is crystallized is lighter in colour than decrystallized liquid honey.
If they are the same, how are they different?
Texture and thickness are ultimately the only differences between creamed and liquid honey. Once the honey has been cream conditioned it is comparable to soft-serve ice cream in terms of texture and thickness. Creamed honey will not drip as liquid honey does. The product is very smooth and spreadable, similar to butter. Creamed honey also differs from liquid honey in that it will never crystallize into a hard block. This is because the creamed honey is already crystallized, only in particles so small that instead of making a solid block they give a creamy texture.
How do the health benefits of creamed honey compare to that of liquid?
Liquid honey boasts extensive health benefits in terms of quality, nutrition, and natural antibiotic properties. Because creamed honey is merely liquid honey that has been conditioned the benefits are identical. Honey has been used medicinally for many years. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties make it excellent for healing wounds, cough suppression, and soothing a sore throat.
You already know what makes creamed and liquid honey so unique, tell us, which variety are you reaching for?
Now you can see what we meant when we said “details matter”, the same ingredient originates a product with different characteristics only by changing some conditions, share your time and attention with your loved ones, you’ll experience the difference…