Bassman......That is the fastest way , but honey heated over 120 is no longer raw honey . The heat eliminates some enzymes . Watter bath of 100 will take longer but will not harm the honey . ( As was told to me )
Good info to give out when asked again.
Crystallization happens because of four things: agitation, number seed crystals, temperature, and dilution (according to a candy makers article).
Could you explain the agitation part please? I have a hard time buying into the fact that a few quick spins in an extractor is going to make much of a difference in crystalization. Maybe if you are making candy, but we are not in this case. Has it ever been proven that one extraction method will crystalize the honey faster than another? I don't believe it would have anything to do with it (barring a heat source was used during some phase of the extraction process...heat knife or whatever).
The past two years I harvested goldenrod honey. The first time, the goldenrod honey took forever to finally crystalize. Last year, there was a considerablely different taste to the goldenrod. Obviously there was another type of nectar in the honey compared to the year prior AND a bit more water content. This honey crystalized very fast...probably about a month it took to crystalize.
Both years I extracted with an extractor. I use an uncapping fork only, to break the seals of the honey combs. Other than the honey being spun out of a comb compared to crushing a comb, I do not see any difference at all in the honey. Heat is not being applied in my case therefore no changes are being made to the enzymes in the honey.
I do believe that the nectar souces, pollen content, and water content are the deciding factors for crystallization regardless of the method of extraction and barring heat application.
I'm not convinced.