Choosing the Perfect Honey Jar
It is surprisingly difficult to get honey enthusiast to agree on what is a good honey jar. Maybe it is because there are lots of different kinds of honey jars, from the simple glass jar to a variety of fancy, wood, ceramic and even metal or clay honey pots. And that is before you get to the incredible selection of honey jar favors – the exquisitely designed special-event gift honey jars that can look like anything under the universe.
Of course, if you get your honey from the store down the road, you probably have no honey jar problem. You use it as you found it on the store shelf, in a syrup pitcher, a squeeze bottle or a straight-up glass jar with a screw top.
But that’s for processed honey. If you want real honey – the kind that is raw and all natural just like the bees made it – you may have to think of a proper, matching honey jar. Raw honey is a big deal. It is honey whose pollen and other health properties have not been destroyed by processing. It even looks and feels different. It is thicker and stickier and therefore harder to pour. Also, most raw honey producers package their honey in quantities larger than your usual store-jar. A separate, smaller container is necessary for at-the-table use.
That’s why a honey jar is a matter of debate among honey enthusiast. Depending on who you talk to, it is not something you can find at the store down the road. Or it is as simple as any glass jar with a wide mouth and an airtight cap.
Mercifully, there are really just a few kinds of honey jars when you get down to it. True, the design variations – shapes and wrappings – are endless. You can easily get a honey jar that looks like some kind of a bottle, mug, pot, sugar dish, or any variety of pitcher or squeeze bottle. But all of them come down to a few common denominators. As follows:
• Honey jars with a screw: A honey jar either has a screw or not. The screw may be the normal kind that you turn to open or close, or a cap that you push in, like a wine bottle. The bottom line here is that honey is best kept in an airtight container – because it stays pure forever, literally, if it is tightly closed in. Also, ants and flies love honey and will make a mess of your jar if there is any way into the jar.
• Honey jars with serving honey dippers: If the honey jar has no screw, chances are it has an opening for a serving spoon or honey dipper. Like some types of sugar dishes. The honey dipper may be as simple as a spoon or any variety of custom design. This type of honey jar is, of course, unsuitable in areas where ants are a common occurrence in the house.
Honey jars made of glass: Most honey jars are made of glass. Common alternatives are wooden jars and ceramic jars. Some honey also comes in plastic jars. The defining factor here is tidiness. Honey is a sticky substance that easily makes a mess of a jar. The popularity of glass is because it is easier to wipe honey from a glass surface than wood or ceramic. Plastic is alright, depending on the design, but has the disadvantage of looking cheap.
Squeeze Bottle Honey jars: This is possibly the most convenient type of honey jar. Squeeze bottles are popular because they make it easy to pour out the honey without having to worry about a spoon or honey dipper. The problem is that the bottles tend to leave sticky residue on tables and shelves.
What is your favorite honey jar? And is there a category of honey jars we have missed in this blog? Do share!