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    Default What to do with drone larvae?

    Got some culled drone brood? Don't discard them -- I learned they can be used creatively in cooking. Jeff, the author of this video, wrote: "Cooking Hachinoko Fritters from unwanted drone comb from bee hives. Tastes great." For the recipe, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EecacV6mFuc

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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    I asked on the forum if larva can be eaten, Michael Bush said they are not too good.
    I will be trying to stir fry some, with some powder chile and garlic, I will let you know if they are good.

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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    Apparently "Hachinoko" is eaten in Japan, but I do not know how the Japanese use it in their cuisine. I would imagine brood eaten raw might not be especially yummy -- probably rather bland. The fritter recipe had drone larvae and pupae (mostly white), about the same volume of fresh sweet corn kernels, shallot, green onion, minced garlic, egg, flour, salt, and a homemade chile sauce. The brood was there as a protein source, but I imagine the sweet corn, onion, garlic, and chile sauce provided the dominant flavors.

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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    I would imagine brood eaten raw might not be especially yummy
    I have been told by a beekeeper that took a bite of comb honey that had brood on the other side of the comb that the brood was bitter
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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    Could be that cooking mellows the flavor -- think of raw vs. cooked onion or garlic. Also a bitter flavor might fit in okay with the other flavors in the fritter. But I'm just guessing here, since I haven't tried it.

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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    This was not brood, but a bee flew into my coffee and I drank her up, chewed her on the way down, tasted bitter green to me, and was crunchy even tho soaked in coffee.

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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    Mmmmmm, Ray, sounds like that was an "interesting" experience!

    Someone posted to this thread (but for some reason the post is not showing up here) that they use bee pupae for fishing bait. That's not exactly a recipe, I suppose, unless you want to count it as an ingredient required to catch a nice supper. But it is a good use for pupae that might otherwise be discarded.

    I look forward, MichaBees, to hear about your cooking experiment. I am very curious to learn if cooking changes the flavor of the brood vs. raw.
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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    I haven't eaten them on a regular basis. Maybe the ones I ate had been fed something bitter... but they were a bit bitter. Not horrible, just not as pleasant as I had hoped.
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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    Thought I might try freezing for ice fishing bait?
    Anyone tried them?

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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    I was just looking at my first potential brood combs and had planned freezing them for fishing bait!

    Otherwise, I'm sure the chickens would know what to do with them.

    I would imagine pet lizards would think frozen drones would be a godsend! Not having to buy crickets all of the time? That would be wonderful for the caretaker, as well.
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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kazzandra View Post
    Otherwise, I'm sure the chickens would know what to do with them.
    Once the Sebrights figured out what as under the cappings, they loved them. The less developed brood was favored over the older.

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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    Quote Originally Posted by RayMarler View Post
    This was not brood, but a bee flew into my coffee and I drank her up, chewed her on the way down, tasted bitter green to me, and was crunchy even tho soaked in coffee.
    That spider that got in my coffee wasn't real tasty either, but I didn't die. This is good.

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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhi View Post
    Once the Sebrights figured out what as under the cappings, they loved them. The less developed brood was favored over the older.
    Chickens love eating anything that doesn't eat chicken... And most any bug seems to be a treat!

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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    I tried freezing some larvae and they turned black.

    Will try some fresh ones here soon, but they seem fragile and don't think they will last very long on the hook.

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