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  1. #1
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    How do you make fondant and whats the best way to feed it?

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    Mix 8oz water with 3# sugar. Heat to 240 degrees srirring constantly. DONT BURN THE MIXTURE!!! Once it starts to become cloudy and thick, pour it on a wax paper lined cookie sheet to cool. Cut into squares once it cools and lay them across the top of the frames.

    Good luck,
    Tim


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    Here are a couple of recipes from the November issue of "Bee Culture". All are basically the same. Use a candy thermometer and do not burn sugar. The first one is 15 pounds of granulated sugar, 3 pounds of corn syrup, 4 cups of water and one-half teaspoon cream of tartar. Mix ingridients in large pot, heat to 240 degrees stirring occaisionally. Immediately immerse pot in cold water in sink. Use small mixer and stir the molten candy mixture, measuring the temperature as it cools. At approximately 190 degrees the liquid mixture can be poured into forms or molds lined with wax paper. A 9x13 baking pan works well. The second is similiar 2 cups white sugar, 2 tablespoons light corn syrup or 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar and 1-1/2 cups boiling water. Combine ingredients and heat until sugar dissolves, keep heating until syrup reaches 238 degrees or medium ball stage. Pour onto a cold platter and beat until light, then into a mold or shallow dish and allow to cool and harden. You feed the bees by placing the cold hardened candy on the top of the frames being careful of the cluster, you may have to smoke heavily to clear a spot as the cluster may be at the top if you are feeding the hive in the spring.

    [This message has been edited by NewBee (edited December 09, 2001).]

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    Thanks for the replies. I am sure the bee's will enjoy the fondant

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    Has anyone tried mixing pollen substitute with the molten sugar while making the Fondant? This may denature some of the proteins, but the amino acids should still be intact.

    It seems like it would be an effective way to feed carbs + protein at the same time.

    Anyone with any experience?

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    I talked with a member of a Beekeepers Association, which I am a member. He shared this information about making what he calls Bee Feed Candy.

    1 qt. Honey
    1 pt. Water
    10 lbs. Granulated Sugar

    Mix all ingredients, boil carefully to 300 degrees, pour into pan or frames (see preparing frames) For late winter-feeding. Can be fed under inner cover or in supper shell.

    Preparing:
    He prefers deep frames with horizontal wire. The wire helps to hold the feed in place for clustered bees to use. Waxed paper should be stapled around one side of frame. Staples should be at or near the top of frame that is on the workbench on it’s side This gives you a “frame pan” to pour the feed into. After feed candy is set-up (cooled) an additional waxed paper may be stapled to topside. May be stored in deep super with cover to prevent moisture.

    One frame may be inserted into hive body immediately on each side of the cluster. Depending upon the hive population each frame will feed a hive 5 or 6 days while clustered.

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    A question for jrhoade:
    Did the person who gave you the recipe that you posted indicate how many frames the batch will make up? Thanks.

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    PJ Adams

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