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‘Tis the season for cut comb

09 September

Cut comb, or comb honey, is one of honey-lovers’ delights and one of beekeepers’ challenges. You see, it is up to the bees to create this masterpiece. Frames of thin, wax foundation are inserted among frames with wired foundation in hopes the bees will fill and cap both sides. SoBee’s bees did a wonderful job this year of providing many capped frames for cut comb. Below is a picture of a frame of capped honey.

This is a beautiful frame of capped comb. The bees seal each cell with wax to preserve the honey.

This is a beautiful frame of capped comb. The bees seal each cell with wax to preserve the honey.

The process of extracting cut comb is a bit more tedious than extracting just honey. It begins with cutting the comb from the frame and cutting it into 4″x4″ squares (see below).

These squares were cut from the frame then drained for 24 hours to empty the cells that were ruptured during the cutting process.

These squares were cut from the frame then drained for 24 hours to empty the cells that were ruptured during the cutting process.

Freshly cut squares are drained for 24 hours to empty the ruptured cells. ‘Dry’ squares are placed into plastic containers before selling (see below).

Cut comb squares are typically sold in transparent plastic containers.

Cut comb squares are typically sold in transparent plastic containers.

Since this is a seasonal product, we encourage you to notify us soon if you are interested in purchasing this tasty treat. It can be thinly sliced and used as a treat or garnish – just spit out the wax after savoring every drop of honey.