This year I tried making cut comb honey for the first time. Okay, I didn't make it. The bees did. I had the easy part!
Here is a lovely frame of capped honey. I put in special smaller frames with a very thin wax foundation made just for comb honey. The girls did the rest.
Welcome to my own personal crack...
I am addicted to this honey!
So much work!
After putting the frame on a strainer and board, I warmed up a serrated knife in hot water and carefully cut around the edges of the comb, then lifted the frame off:
Next I cut the comb into five pieces and trimmed off the wonky ends, which I promptly ate. You can chew the honey out of the wax, then spit the wax out. Or you can just eat the wax for added roughage in your diet! Usually I spit it out but today I just kept chewing it like gum until it was no more.
After cutting the honey up, I let it drain overnight, then boxed it up!
You can also just mash it up and spread it on crackers or whatever. A hunk of cut comb honey looks really nice on a plate of cheese and fruit.
However, I love this stuff so much I'm starting to think I should just eat it all myself. It is ambrosia. I will have to ask one of my more savvy beekeeper friends what they think is in this batch of honey. The flavour is incredibly delicate and complex, with a tiny hint of mint. I could sit there and eat half a pound all at once!
All the honey supers are off my hives, and the girls were very busy on this hot day (over 30C!) My friend Pierre helped me inspect my hives on Monday and they are all doing well with laying queens.
If you haven't tried cut comb honey before, you should! Try to find a local beekeeper with some. Yum-o-licious! It is more costly than honey in a jar, because when we harvest it, we lose all the wax. Plus there's a little extra thought you have to give when asking your bees to make comb honey for you. But I think that something that tastes this good is absolutely worth it.