FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Why does honey granulate and has it gone bad?
Honey that has granulated has not gone bad. Honey is a supersaturated solution and has a tendency to turn towards a granulized state. Some honeys turn fast and some turn slow. This has to do with the types and amounts of the varied sugars present. To re-liquefy, simply warm the jar in a pan of hot, but not boiling, water.


Why is Rice’s Raw and Unfiltered?
Raw honey is honey that is not overheated and ensures all the natural honey components remain unharmed. Unfiltered honey is honey that retains all the natural components as well. This ensures that Rice’s Raw and Unfiltered honey is straight from the hive.


Is your honey pasteurized?
Our honey is not pasteurized.


Do you filter your honey?
No, we use a cheesecloth to strain large debris, but do not filter our honey.


How should honey be stored?
Honey should be stored at room temperature in a sealed container.


Infants and Honey
Honey should not be fed to infants under one year of age because they do not have a fully developed digestive and immune systems. Honey is a safe and wholesome food for children and adults.


Honey is...
  • Heavy: a 12 oz. jar equals an 8 oz measuring cup.
  • Sticky: when using honey in cooking, put oil in a cup or spoon so honey comes off easily
  • Gooey: slightly warmed honey is easier to work with in cooking.
  • Moisturizing: The bees mix the pollens and nectars and leave about 17% water. Foods prepared with honey stay moist & fresh longer than foods prepared with sugar.
  • Energizing: Honey contains the simple sugars, glucose & fructose. It is assimilated into your body quickly and naturally, thus it is often used as a source of quick energy.
  • Fat Free: Honey is a fat free food. In honey, there are 60 calories per tablespoon.
  • Gluten Free: Honey is naturally Gluten Free

How do bees make honey?
  • When a honey bee takes nectar from a flower, it is stored in a "honey sack." When this honey sack is full, she returns to the hive, deposits the drop of nectar into the honeycomb, and evaporates the water out of the nectar by fanning her wings. Once the honey has aged, wax is used to seal it in the comb, which keeps it clean and safe.
  • A honeybee makes 154 trips for one teaspoon of honey.
  • A colony produces 60 to 100 pounds of honey a year.
  • To gather a pound of honey, a bee flies a distance equal to more than three times around the world. It takes two million flowers to make one pound of honey.

What kinds of bees are there?
There are three classes of bees: queens, workers, and drones. In a hive, there can be hundreds of drones, thousands of workers, but always just one queen.

The Queen
  • She is the only bee able to lay eggs.
  • She never leaves the hive and is constantly attended by workers.
  • She only uses her sting against other queens.
  • She lays up to 2,000 eggs per day.
The Worker
  • Workers are all sterile females.
  • If born during the active spring or summer months, they live for only four to five weeks; during winter, they live for a few months.
  • They perform many tasks in and out of the hive, including the following: gathering pollen, making honey, feeding the other bees, producing beeswax, building honeycombs, and protecting the hive.
The Drone
  • Drones are males.
  • Drones don't work, can't feed themselves, and have no stinger.
  • They live for only about three months.
  • Their only task is to mate with queens.

Why does honey have different tastes?
There are as many flavors of honey as there are varieties of flowering plants. Location and climate conditions also contribute to producing very different products.


Does Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey conduct tours of its facility?
Unfortunately, we no longer offer facility tours due to safety and security concerns.