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  1. #1
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    Default Feeding bees "cooked" honey

    I melt my combs and cappings in a double boiler. The wax and honey separate when cooled. Can I use this "cooked" honey to feed my bees or is this unsafe for the bees?

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    Default Re: Feeding bees "cooked" honey

    Guess it depends how "cooked" is cooked. Increased levels of hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), a substance dangerous to bees, occur when honey is exposed to excessive heat. Without a definitive test of the levels of HMF in your "cooked" honey, you're taking a risk. Perhaps others have some better guidelines.

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    Default Re: Feeding bees "cooked" honey

    Thanks, thats all I needed to know. not gonna feed.

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    Default Re: Feeding bees "cooked" honey

    I have fed many gallons of solar melted honey to my bees for years and they gobble it down. We discussed HMF's here recently and I came to the conclusion it is a myth not to be feared.

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