Containers on the Freund website are typically listed with a capacity in fluid ounces. This can be confusing when it comes to honey, which is typically labeled and sold based on net weight ounces, sometimes called “honey weight”. So what is the difference between fluid ounces and net weight ounces? And how can you determine how much honey our honey jars will hold?
Fluid ounces, abbreviated FL. OZ, is a measure of volume, or how much space something takes up. Net weight ounces, abbreviated NET WT. OZ, is a measure of mass, or how heavy something is. Usually liquids are measured in fluid ounces and dry goods are measured in net weight ounces.
For water, the ratio of fluid ounces to net weight ounces is 1:1. In other words, one fluid ounce of water equals one net weight ounce. This is very handy when you are measuring water. But honey is heavier than water. So one fluid ounce of honey weighs more than one net weight ounce. Specifically, one fluid ounce of honey equals approximately 1.5 net weight ounces.
For our honey jars, or containers that are popularly used for honey, we list both the fluid ounces and the net weight ounces, or honey weight. For other containers, you can estimate how much honey it will hold by multiplying its listed capacity by 1.5.
Using this calculation will give you a close approximation that you can use for choosing containers for your honey. But the most accurate way to measure honey weight is to weigh your honey jars before filling them with honey, and then weigh them again after filling. The difference between the two measurements is honey weight ounces. Honey labels require net weight ounces to be listed, so it is always a good idea to measure your specific batch of honey in this way.
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