Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fresh Honey Comb

Over the past 6 or so years we have had honey bees off and on. I say 'off and on' because quite a few winters we loose them but come summer we get swarms moving into empty hives. We are starting to think that they don't like Maine during the winter, but like to return in summer (maybe they are going to Florida for the winter like a lot of Mainers do)

Late fall we had two hives that we had acquired during the summer. Both were strong hives and had plenty of honey. Now the bees are gone. Still plenty of honey for them, so they didn't leave because of lack of food. I hope they will be back this summer.

One of the swarms had moved into hive parts that we had stored in a stack, no foundation in it, only empty boxes.


When this happens the bees will create their own foundation, but it is hard to get the honey. We weren't concerned about this, because we just figured we'd let the bees do their thing. Now that the bees are gone, the hive is full of lovely honey. Too much to leave sitting there waiting for critters to get it. We decided we should be the ones to enjoy it.



The flavor is wonderful. We chew on small pieces of the comb then spit out the wax (it's kind of like the wax teeth candy I used to buy as a kid, only so very much tastier.)








We now have a huge stainless steel bowl full of honey comb sitting on the kitchen counter. And the kitchen has the wonderful smell of honey to it. 


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11 comments:

  1. Nancy, Your pictures are wonderful and the
    honey sounds like it is so tasty. How will you get the honey out of the combs?
    Judy

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  2. Thanks, Judy! We will just snack on the combs and get the honey. Although I have discovered that we can let the honey drain out of the comb.

    Debbie, It is!

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  3. Oh the plight of the bumblebee (bad joke). I am so interested in beekeeping. It's always on my list for next spring. Can you use that wax to make candles? Or is that a whole difficult process in itself?

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  4. The wax can be used for candle making, but that is something we haven't investigated yet. One of those things that's on the list as well.... I have jars of wax in waiting.

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  5. I was wondering if the honey wouldn't pool if you let it sit. Beekeeping is high on our list of to learn and to do. Currently we buy from a local source, they also melt the wax down into bricks. We have made a bees wax based cream that we use on our wood furniture. Love your pictures...I can almost smell the lovely honey.

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  6. Audra, I definitely need to learn some uses for our wax. It is nice you have a local source to get your honey and wax.

    We could also heat the honey and comb to separate the honey from the wax, but that really changes the flavor (still delicious, just different, although great for baking and brewing)
    ~ Nancy

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  7. thx for finding my blog over a beautiful part of the country you are from and i like the story you present.

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  8. Such a beautiful thing to see!! What a marvelous experience to be able to work with the bees. I love honey!! It's heavenly to just put a little piece of honey comb in the mouth and chew on the wax. Thanks for sharing!

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