How to check the purity of honey at home?

If you want to enjoy most of the benefits derived from honey. The purity of honey is what you should consider before buying. There are some simple tests and experiments that can be performed at home, to verify the purity of honey.

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.

Conducting tests for purity of honey at home

Honey’s wonderful, delicious variety works against you when you’re trying to find a simple test. Different types of pure honey can cover a large range of density, flammability, and other characteristics. While the following tests are based on true principles, in practice your results may be inconclusive. Try several of these tests to see if the honey fails or passes consistently. In many cases, you can get nothing more than a good guess. 

In order to check the purity of honey at home, here’s what to do:

Thumb Test
Here’s the procedure to do a thumb test:

  • Put a small drop of the honey you have on your thumb

  • Check to see if it spills or spreads around

  • If it does, it is not pure

  • Pure honey will stay intact on your thumb

The Water Test to Spot Fake Honey
Here’s how to do the water test:

  • Fill a glass with water

  • Add one tablespoon of honey into the glass

  • Adulterated or artificial honey will dissolve in water and you will see it around the glass

  • Pure honey on the other hand will settle right at the bottom of your glass

The Flame Test to Know Pure Honey
Did you know that organic honey is flammable? Here’s a test to know 100% pure organic honey.

  • Take a dry matchstick

  • Dip its tip right into the honey

  • Strike the stick on the matchbox as if to light it

  • If the honey is pure, the matchstick will light with ease

  • The flame will also keep burning off the honey

  • However, if it is with impurities, it will not light because fake honey contains moisture as one of the impurities

These are some of the simple and common ways to test pure honey at home. Another common method to tell the difference is as follows: add some water and 2-3 drops of vinegar essence into the honey and mix well. If the solution becomes foamy, that is definitely adulterated honey.

Luther Robinson, III