Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are Sioux Honey products pure and natural honey?

    All Sue Bee, Aunt Sue’s and Blossomology honey is always pure honey as made by the honeybees from the flower nectar they gather, transform and store in honeycombs. No ingredients are added by man.

  • How does Aunt Sue’s Raw & Unfiltered Honey differ from Sue Bee Honey?

    Sue Bee Honey is filtered to remove pollen, which reduces the likelihood of granulation (sugaring).

    Aunt Sue’s Raw & Unfiltered Honey is strained rather than filtered in order to retain the natural complement of pollen as gathered by the bees. Pollen adds to the nutritional value of honey, but raw and unfiltered honey will naturally crystalize over time. If it does crystalize, simply place the closed honey bottle in a bowl and run warm water over the container and stir until the crystals dissolve.

  • What is Sue Bee Spun® Honey?

    This is pure, premium honey that has been allowed to naturally granulate under controlled conditions to make a smooth, spreadable textured honey. Sue Bee Spun is a registered trademark of Sioux Honey Co-op Association.

  • Are all Sioux Honey products of the USA?

    Both Sue Bee Honey and Aunt Sue’s Raw & Unfiltered Honey are products of the USA and packaged by the Sioux Honey Association Co-op, the largest honey cooperative in the U.S. Hundreds of independent American beekeepers are members of our co-op, and together they care for the millions of honeybees that produce our honey.

    Blossomology Organic Honey is sourced from Brazil, as honey cannot be QAI organic certified if produced in the US, and the Sue Bee 5-lb Honey Jug sold only at Sam’s Club contains U.S. and Canadian honey. Both exceptions are clearly noted on the label.

  • Does Sioux Honey Association Co-op produce an organic honey?

    Yes, our Blossomology Organic Honey is QAI-certified organic honey made by Brazil’s bees and beautiful flowers. Ask for it in your local supermarket.

  • What is the difference between Sue Bee Honey and the Sioux Honey Association Co-op?

    The Sioux Honey Association Co-op is our family that is made up of hundreds of beekeepers across the USA. Together, they produce the Sue Bee Honey you know and love, as well as our other honeys: Aunt Sue’s Raw & Unfiltered Honey, Blossomology Organic Honey, and Sue Bee Spun Honey.

  • Does honey contain healthful antioxidants?

    Several antioxidants, including pinocembrin, pinobanksin, chrysin, galagin, ascorbic acid, catalase and selenium, have been found in honey. Darker honeys with higher water content have a stonger antioxidant potential.

  • Does honey contain any allergens?

    Honey is naturally free of allergens. No allergens are stored or used in Sioux Honey AssociationCo-op facilities.

  • Does honey contain trans fatty acids?

    No. Honey is naturally free of trans fatty acids.

  • Is your honey kosher?

    Our Sue Bee Honey and our Aunt Sue’s Raw & Unfiltered Honey are certified kosher by the Orthodox Union.

  • Is honey a gluten-free food?

    Honey is naturally free of gluten. It contains no wheat, barley, rye or oats or their by-products. No gluten containing products are stored or used in Sue Bee Honey facilities.

  • Is honey safe in a diabetic diet?

    It would be improper for Sioux Honey Association Co-op to advise you relative to a medical condition. Please consult your medical doctor or nutritionist regarding your use of honey. For your information, honey is a complex solution of many sugars, including fructose (38%), glucose (32%), sucrose (2%), maltose (7%) and other sugars, acids and flavor compounds (4%). These carbohydrates should be accounted for in your diet.

  • Does honey contain sodium?

    One tablespoon contains less than 2 milligrams sodium, a level which the Food and Drug Administration considers “sodium free”.

  • Does honey contain fat or cholesterol?

    No! Honey is composed primarily of carbohydrates.

  • What is the nutritional value of the Sioux Honey brands?

  • What is the caloric value of honey?

    One tablespoon of honey contains 60 calories.

  • What factors influence the flavor of honey?

    Since honey is a natural product, its flavor is influenced by the type of flowers from which bees gather nectar, the geographical region and the weather.

  • Is honey pasteurized?

    No. Honey is by nature very low in bacteria and other microbes and does not benefit from a pasteurization process.

  • How much does honey weigh?

    Eight fluid ounces (or 1 cup) of honey weighs 12 ounces. Honey is typically sold by weight rather than volume and is heavier than water; the standard for “fluid ounces.” That is why 1 cup of water is considered 8 fluid ounces, but 1 cup of honey will actually weigh 12 ounces. A gallon of honey weighs approximately 12 pounds.

  • How do I substitute honey for sugar?

    When substituting honey for granulated sugar in recipes, begin by substituting honey for up to half of the sugar called for in the recipe. For baked goods, make sure to reduce the oven temperature by 25°F to prevent overbrowning; reduce any liquid called for by 1/4 cup for each cup of honey used and add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for each cup of honey used. Because of its high fructose content, honey has higher sweetening power than sugar. This means you can use less honey than sugar to achieve the desired sweetness.

  • Why shouldn’t I feed honey to a child under 1 year old?

    WARNING: Do not feed honey to infants under 1 year of age

    Infant botulism is a rare but very serious disease affecting the nervous system of infants. Honey and other raw agricultural products may contain bacterial spores from Clostridium botulinum that could cause infant botulism. These bacterial spores are widely distributed in nature. They can be found in soil, dust, the air or raw agricultural products. Clostridium botulinum spores have been detected in corn syrup, honey, fresh and processed meats, fruits and vegetables. Scientists don’t know why, but this disease has never been reported in an infant older than 11 months of age. The rate of disease is about 0.02 per 100,000 or 70 to 100 cases annually in the United States since first recognized in 1976. Most infants that develop infant botulism have not been exposed to honey.

    Infants born prematurely and under 1 year of age are at highest risk because their underdeveloped digestive systems may not produce enough acid to destroy bacterial spores.

  • How should I store honey?

    Honey is best kept in a sealed container at room temperature. Refrigeration preserves honey very well but also promotes granulation, yielding a semi-solid mass. Freezing, on the other hand, preserves honey well and does not promote granulation, but makes dispensing difficult. Avoid temperatures above room temperature since they promote the darkening of the honey, along with subtle flavor changes.

  • What is the shelf life of honey?

    Honey does not spoil. However, the flavor is best when consumed before the ‘Best by’ date on the cap.

  • Does honey change as it ages?

    Honey darkens with age and becomes a bit stronger in flavor. It will not spoil.

  • Does honey spoil?

    Honey will keep indefinitely if stored in a sealed container. It is best stored at room temperature. Refrigeration promotes granulation.

  • Why shouldn’t I microwave honey?

    Many of our honey containers are made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a clear plastic that allows the consumer to see the honey before purchase. One of its characteristics, however, is warping at near boiling temperatures. Also, some of our labels are a foil and paper material. The foil, like metal cooking utensils, does create excessive heat problems in a microwave.

    Also, honey, being a thick, viscous liquid, does not heat evenly in a microwave. Hotspots may develop that may lead to a sudden boil that spatters the hot contents. Such hotspots are also hot enough to degrade the flavor and color of this premium honey.

  • What is honey granulation (crystallization or sugaring)?

    Granulation is a natural characteristic of pure honey, which does not harm it or indicate any deterioration of the honey. It is also easily reversed, without harming the honey. Bring a pan of water to a boil, turn off the heat and place the container into this boiling water. Leave until both have cooled.

    One thing you may try to prevent granulation is this. If you are buying in large containers that granulate before you are done with them, pour a manageable amount into a smaller “table server” for your table. Store the remainder in the large container in your freezer. Freezer temperatures are too low for glucose molecules to migrate and form crystals. As the table server empties, remove the large container from the freezer long enough for it to warm so you can refill the smaller container. Replace the large container in the freezer. Note: before you pour more honey into your table server be certain that no crystals remain there to act as ‘seed’ for the new honey to granulate around, a condition which will speed up granulation.

  • How do I turn crystallized honey back into a liquid?

    If your honey has crystallized, you can make it smooth and golden once again. Simply heat a pan of water on your stovetop with low heat. Remove the pan from the stove and place your honey package inside. Be sure to take the lid off your jar before placing it in the warm water. This gentle transfer of heat to the honey helps bring it back to liquid form without overheating the honey.

  • Why are there foam air bubbles on the surface of my honey?

    As we pump and fill bottles, air is unavoidably mixed into the honey. Honey, being a viscous solution, has a tendency to trap this air. After the filling step, this air will slowly rise to the top of the honey bottle leaving a white ring of foam. The larger the container, the more foam present. The foam gradually dissipates as the entrapped air bubbles burst.

  • What factors influence the size of the U.S. honey crop?

    The general health of the U.S. bee population, weather, agricultural practices and the economics of the honey industry affect the number of bee colonies and their production. Bees, like people, are vulnerable to diseases and parasites, sometimes at epidemic proportions.

  • Does the Sioux Honey Association Co-op conduct tours of their facilities?

    No. We regret that safety and security concerns have made tours impractical.