freQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ABOUT DUTCHMAN'S gOLD

Why buy Dutchman's Gold Honey?
Dutchman's Gold Honey is pure, natural, non-pasteurized, and CFIA registered. Every spoonful is from the product of the honeybee hives. We carry honey from four distinctive floral sources, being 100% Canadian, Kosher & Halal: Summer Blossom, Wildflower, Blueberry and Buckwheat honey. Available in a variety of forms, from raw, liquid or creamed. We also blend with flavours like cinnamon, raspberry or cocoa, and with products from the beehive: royal jelly & bee pollen which are Halal certified. 

Unpasteurized means the honey is heated to under 40 degrees Celsius. 

Crystalization (Hardness/Consistency) - Honey crystallizing varies due to the seasons, and the varying geographical areas across Canada the honey originates from as well as the various flower source.
Are our bees fed sugar?
We prefer our bees to live off of their own sustenance. However, in the event that they need supplemental food to sustain them through a harsh winter they are fed sucrose after the honey season. The bees that are fed sucrose live through the winter until spring when floral sources are again available and young bees are born to produce that seasons honey. The young, honey producing, bees are not fed sugar.
Is Dutchman's Gold Honey Locally Sourced?
We are located in Ontario, Canada and much of our honey is from areas directly around us. We are proudly Canadian and source honey from trusted beekeepers across Canada. You'll only ever find honey from Canadian bees in our products.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

How do I store my honey?
Honey is one of the few products in the world that never goes bad. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs was still edible thousands of years later. Because of all the healthy enzymes and benefits in honey, its natural setting process is to crystallize (into a more solid state); your honey has not gone bad just simply has set! 

Liquid Honey -To help prevent natural crystallization, keep it at room temperature, minimum 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit (10-15 degrees Celsius). Some floral sources crystallizes more quickly than others.

If Honey Crystallizes - Place open glass jar in pan of hot water and warm slowly back to a liquid state. 

Creamed Honey - If you prefer a firm texture, keep it in the fridge. For a softer texture, creamed honey may be stored at room temperature.
Is crystallization normal?
In short, yes! Honey crystallizing varies due to the seasons, and the varying geographical areas across Canada the honey originates from as well as the various flower source.

To remove crystallization from your honey and return it to its liquid form, place jar in a pot of warm water, set heat to medium-low and stir until crystals dissolve. You can also place the jar in a pot of hot water and leave it alone until it liquefies (not resting on heated element).
Is Dutchman's Gold Honey Organic?
We currently offer two certified organic honey products. You can find them here. 

AWARD WINNING HONEY

2016 Winner

National Post Blind Taste Test

2012 Winner

Fred Rathje Award Winner 

BEEKEEPING TIPS

"SAVE THE BEES!" What can I do at home to help?
Provide a succession of blooming plants throughout the growing season in your gardens. Spring & Fall can be challenging times for Honey Bees, tolerate the dandelions in spring, and don't rush to that fall clean up. Choose non-chemical solutions to insect problems and for weeds. Provide a source of pesticide-free water like birdbaths. Mowing grass often kills bees, try to mow when bees aren't active: when it's cool, overcast, windy, or later in the evening. Encourage your local community to eliminate roadside pesticide and herbicide use and to mow less often.
I have a swarm of bees, what do I do?
Visit the Ontario Beekeepers Association website and they will be more than happy to assist you. Please visit HERE.
I'm interested in starting a hive. Where do I start?
Congratulations, we are excited to help start you off on your new venture! To see if this is right for you or simply for more information on bees and beekeeping click HERE.
Where can I find information on beekeeping?
Visit the following site for informative videos from the University of Guelph on beekeeping: uoguelph.ca/honeybee

Have further questions? Contact us today


ABOUT DUTCHMAN'S GOLD

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