Saving, discarding frames of bee bread?
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    Default Saving, discarding frames of bee bread?

    I searched this forum and found helpful posts regarding what to do with extra frames containing bee bread. I have about 12 of them in the freezer. From this year. I'd prefer they be free of bee bread, so will try an experiment. I will soak a few over night in a bucket of water and then hit them with a spray of water to blast what I hope to be soggy bee bread from the cells. Here are a couple examples of the frames I will be working on. Any thoughts on this?

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    Default Re: Saving, discarding frames of bee bread?

    Soaking in water will cause the pollen to ferment, when placed back in a colony the bees will remove the pollen.
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    Default Re: Saving, discarding frames of bee bread?

    Quote Originally Posted by davemal View Post
    I searched this forum and found helpful posts regarding what to do with extra frames containing bee bread. ........Any thoughts on this?
    I have been ranting for a long time on this forum - harvest it for human consumption (by scraping and beating out the bee bread granules).
    Bee bread is a valuable human product.

    Here is another way - use it as bee food.
    Scrape and blend all this stuff (combs and all).
    Add honey or sugar syrup to it.
    It should become a goo (thick paste of sorts) where bee bread and honey and wax (as a filler) will be mixed.
    Feed back to the bees as needed (place the goo patties onto the nucs or feed in spring).
    You can do this now and refreeze for later use.
    You can do it and use immediately (keep those frozen frames until spring).

    People are tossing excellent bee and human food (then feeding the bees some sub-standard pollen patties often times).
    Why?

    I get it - those combs are valuable.
    But then why did you freeze the combs with pollen anyway?
    Most likely to somehow use later (that's why people freeze stuff).
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: Saving, discarding frames of bee bread?

    Quote Originally Posted by AR Beekeeper View Post
    Soaking in water will cause the pollen to ferment, when placed back in a colony the bees will remove the pollen.
    The idea is not to soak and then reuse. The idea is to soak and then BLAST with water from a garden hose to wash out the now-soggy bee bread.

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    Default Re: Saving, discarding frames of bee bread?

    What a waste.
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