When honey crystallizes, it is a sign that the honey is raw and unpasteurized. Depending on its floral source, the time it takes honey to crystallize can vary from weeks to years. If you want to soften your crystallized honey, create a gentle hot water bath for your honey. (Heat water in a pot and place your honey jar in the pot of hot water. Stir occasionally until the honey eases back into liquid form.) This gentle technique helps liquify the honey without overheating and damaging it.