Verifying the Purity of Honey – How To Ideas

Surely you may have seen old uncle or aunty clad in shabby clothing squatting by the road side selling non-labelled bottles from light to dark woody colour substances, quite similar to the image of the below or even witnessing a sales person doing a honey product demonstration at a ‘night market’; the question is how do we know it is pure honey as claimed?


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There are ways to test it. Below are the methods:
– Water test
– Flame test
– Absorption test
– Cloth test
– Ant test (controversial result)

Below are the illustrations of some of the said methods.

Here are more tests but the spoken language of the video is in the Malay language.

For those who wish to know what is the video about – here’s a summary;

Method A
– Stirring in 1-2 table spoons of honey into the raw egg yolk.
Pure honey (left) – mixes well
Impure honey (right) – it separates


Method B
– Mixing water into the honey.
Pure honey (left & middle) – as it mixes with the water, the clarity reduced due to the residue from the pollen.
Impure honey (right) – as it dilutes in the water, the clarity is higher by comparison.


Method C
– Heating up a spoonful of honey with a candle.
Pure honey (right) – it turns darker brown and tends to flow out from the spoon.
Impure honey (left) – is otherwise.



Method D
– After the heating process, try stirring and the pulling honey mix upward.
Pure honey (left) – soft thread like texture.
Impure honey (right) – it hardens and becomes brittle.


Method E
– Soaking raw fish meat with honey in a jar for 2 weeks
Pure honey (right) – the meat colour becomes palish, shrinked in size, and odourless.
Impure honey (left) – the meat colour darkens, not much changes to the size and has stinky smell.


If you do not believe these testing methods, try it out yourself and see if these methods work.

It’s time to turn your kitchen into a chemistry lab. It’s no harm if it’s for your health sake as we are what we eat! 😉 appreciates the passion, generosity and contribution of others in the world of culinary. Therefore we wish to emphasize that many of the contents seen in our articles are sourced from the world wide web for the purpose of creating awareness only. Kudos to those who put so much effort to produce such wonderful contents. Thank you.

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