View Full Version : Raw honey at grocery store...not!
02-16-2007, 09:55 PM
Was checking out honey at reg. grocery store, found Aunt Sue's Raw Wild Natural honey (made by Sue Bee), thought "cool, raw honey at Hannaford!"
Emailed them to see if it's actually raw...not!
Here's what they said:
Thank you for taking the time to email SIOUX HONEY ASSOCIATION. By USDA
standards our Aunt Sue product is considered raw because it is coarsely
strained allowing pollen to remain while removing extraneous material.
However, it is heated to temperatures above 118 degrees, usually 120 to 130
overnight and then flash heated to 180 degrees for 10 seconds
So if you see it and thinks it's really raw...
02-18-2007, 09:43 AM
I actually got a great deal at my grocery store called Organics Pure Honey by Presidents choice. It was 1.99 for 375g upside down squeeze bottle. Normally its 4.99 a bottle so I bought 2! :D
02-18-2007, 09:55 AM
I purchase my RAW HONEY at the farmers market from locals. One label swears there is no heating at all :confused:
I also buy it from a little international market with the honeycomb still in it;)
02-18-2007, 11:47 AM
I get Dawe's raw honey in the "nature's place" section at Hanneford. Hello fellow Mainer!! :D
02-18-2007, 11:55 AM
Hello there! I am new and in the process of transitioning to raw. I have been wanting to buy raw honey. I have a dumb quesiton how do you know it is raw does it say on the label like most items?
02-18-2007, 01:55 PM
Hi Mainer! I'm in Waterboro.
I usually get my honey at the HFS, but the closest one is 40min away:(
Our Hannaford is small and the natural food section isn't much...no raw or even organic honey.
I'll just have to get the big container at the HFS...
02-18-2007, 01:59 PM
At HFS's you can usually trust the raw lable on honey, or ask someone who works there.
I get mine in plastic tubs(like you'd get at the deli dept in store) and it says Honey, uncooked.
There is a man two towns away from us with a covered stand on the side of the road and a large sign that says "RAW HONEY". There is a metal box with a slot in which payment is made on the honor system. I'm sure it is secured in some way though I've never tested it. Many people in the area have been buying honey there for as long as I can remember, I'm 49. People will travel many miles just to get that honey becaues it tastes better.
Probably the best way to get raw honey anywhere is to get it straight from the bee keepers.
02-18-2007, 06:42 PM
Hmmm.....I am assuming that if it has comb with it - well then it must be raw - correct? Can they heat the comb and have it retain its shape? So the honey that LATT wrote about on another thread that has the capping must be raw?
I buy locally grown raw honey.
I have been told that there has never been a consistent effort to regulate the honey market and that much product is actually sugar water with thickeners. Since the raw honey is not clear and it is thick I suppose it would be easy to fool with.
Well, since I have used it for healing and it worked I think mine is truly raw honey.
02-19-2007, 10:03 AM
Doe, I agree and I was going to suggest to AICGem to go onto MOFGA's (maine organic farmers and gardeners assoc.) website or call them to find a list of local honey producers. I am sure you can find someone to contact directly and get 5 gallon buckets of the stuff, or less. Good luck, honey!
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