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Storing honey

By on August 9, 2012
jar of honey

Dear Sara:

I was given a glass gallon-jar of honey. Over the last two years, I have used 3/4 of the jar. I’d like to store what is left in a more manageable container. The gallon jar is too large to microwave, so I expect I’ll have to simmer it on the stove to break down the crystallized honey. Once the honey has been restored, how should I store it for ease of use? I have a 1/2-gallon plastic pitcher, would that work better? Is there a way to keep it from crystallizing again? I’ve kept it in a cabinet and not the refrigerator, but in our heat it still sets up. — Laurie, Florida

Dear Laurie:

Heating it will remove the crystallization, but don’t let it boil. Don’t store it in the refrigerator; your pantry is fine. Aim for 50-70 degrees F, and don’t leave it exposed to light. If it crystallizes again, you can heat it up again. You can freeze it, too (it just thickens). I would store most of it in small, 3- to 4-ounce airtight glass canning jars and some of it in a honey dispenser (similar to a syrup dispenser), not in a plastic container. I like the Norpro honey dispensers that release from the bottom, versus dispensers that pour from the top. For ease of use directly from a canning jar, you can use a honey dipper/spoon. If using it for baking, oil your measuring cup to keep the honey from clinging.

Dear Sara:

I have a one-piece swimsuit that had a back clip on it (sort of like a bra clip) that broke. I thought about sewing the sides together, but I wonder if there is anything else I could do to fix it. I don’t have a sewing machine, but I do sew by hand. Any ideas? — Rhayne, New Jersey

Dear Rhayne:

Check your local fabric/craft store, such as Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft, for a clip. You can purchase a cheap swimsuit at the thrift store or at a garage sale and reuse its clip, too. There’s a company that sells a bikini top replacement hook, which is probably very similar to the one you need. Visit You could always use a piece of ribbon and tie it closed, too.

Dear Sara:

I have a question that I have never seen addressed. If your antiperspirant fails and you cannot get home to change in the middle of the workday, you end up with smelly armpits, and the odor is embedded into the shirt or blouse. Is there a product that can remove that set-in odor? — Gail E., email

Dear Gail:

Mix a paste of 4 to 5 tablespoons of baking soda and 1/4 cup water. Rub it into the shirt and let it dry. Then fill a sink with water and 2 tablespoons of salt, and let the shirt soak overnight. Rinse. Spray the shirt with vinegar from a spray bottle, then launder as usual. OxiClean works well, too.

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