Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Answers to many of our frequently asked questions and more information
on beekeeping and our approach. If you don’t see the answer you are looking for, send us an e-mail at greyladyapiary@gmail.com


Does honey go bad?

No, honey does not go bad. In fact, it’s recognized as the only food that doesn’t spoil. Hydrogen peroxide, acidity and lack of water work together to make this sticky substance last forever. While excavating Egypt’s famous pyramids, archaeologists have found pots of honey in an ancient tomb. The honey, dating back approximately 3,000 years, is the world’s oldest sample – and still perfectly edible. There is an interesting article about the science behind this incredible food source and its eternal shelf life.


What to do if my honey is crystallizing?

Honey crystallization is a natural process, and all honey will eventually crystallize. But no worries, it still tastes great even in its crystallized form. To return your honey back to a liquid form, simply put the jar into a warm pot of water, and leave it for a while. The warm water will turn the honey back to its liquid state. Be careful not to heat the honey up too much. Exposing the honey to too high of a temperature will kill the beneficial enzymes in your honey and turn it into honey just like all the other honeys you can buy in the supermarket that have been pasteurized. To keep honey from crystallizing prematurely, keep your honey at room temperature. Storing your honey in the refrigerator isn’t necessary, since it doesn’t go bad.


Is all honey antibacterial?

The healing property of honey is due to the fact that it offers antibacterial activity, maintains a moist wound condition, and its high viscosity helps to provide a protective barrier to prevent infection. You can read more about honey antibacterial activity in the article “Honey: its medicinal property and antibacterial activity” published by the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine.


Why does the color of honey is different from my previous order?

Our honey is natural. Color and texture can sometimes vary from batch to batch. It’s all controlled by the bees! This variation is common and happens with natural products.


Why should I buy pollen?

Bee pollen is rich in protein and vitamins and has become a very popular allergy relief supplement as well as a supplement for memory, vitality, endurance, and performance.


How should I store bee pollen?

Our Bee Pollen is collected daily from the hives, cleaned and put immediately in the freezer to retain its freshness.  As we do not dehydrate Bee Pollen, it retains all of the moisture content & goodness the bees provide. It should be stored in your freezer. 


Do you offer swarm removal?

Yes – if you have a swarm, please give us a call, and we will take care of it for you. Don’t be afraid! Swarming is a natural event for bees and a way the bees reproduce. The free honeybee swarm removal service only applies to honey bee swarms. Once the bees have moved into your building or structure, there is a charge to remove them. Please see out Bee Removal services page to learn more.