Eating Honey Off The Comb

The moment we’ve been waiting for — for the past year and a half — happened this morning. We ate honey fresh out of the hive and right off the comb. It was a beautiful thing.

I’ll update with more info later. I’m in the middle of a major honey sugar crash at the moment.

UPDATE: Actually, there’s isn’t much info for the update. We got over 4 pounds of honey (1.8kg) from the single medium sized foundationless frame. I’m not sure how much of that is the weight of the wax. The frame was taken from our foundationless hive, Hive #2. Unlike Hive #1, the bees in Hive #2 didn’t have it in them to make much honey in the second honey super we added. All we got was one frame, and this is it. Some of the honey wasn’t capped (or fully cured), but we shook the frame upside-down to remove whatever nectar wasn’t honey yet, and there’s wasn’t much. So most of it was honey. If 4 pounds is the average amount of honey per frame (4 pounds seems like a large amount to me), then we’ll get over 100 pounds of honey from the three honey supers that are likely to be filled before the honey flow ends. I think that’s being optimistic, but there you go. And that’s about it. I’ll have more to say after we harvest the rest of the honey in a few weeks. In the meantime, here’s a quick video of some of the comb being cut off the frame.


I thought I’d be able to show a fun video of me biting into the honey comb and slipping into a heavy duty sugar shock, but due to technical difficulties, that footage is kaput. Next time.

UPDATE (Sept. 04/11): We crushed and strained the honey. The liquid honey is coming in at about 1.5kg, which is a little over 3 pounds of honey. Three honey supers with 9 frames each would come in 81 pounds or 37kg of honey. We’ll see.

UPDATE (Sept 05/11): Our measurements were off. We got four bottles of honey from the single frame, approximately one pound per bottle.

UPDATE (Sept. 24/11): It doesn’t look like we’ll get that 81 pounds of honey. That was a best-case scenario. We just took a look at all the frames in all the honey supers. Most of them are not fully capped. We’ll still harvest most of it, but most of the frames aren’t nearly as thick and heavy with honey as the first frame we pulled. I’m guessing we’ll get about 50 pounds or less.

6 thoughts on “Eating Honey Off The Comb

  1. We pulled three more fully capped frames, two of them foundationless. It’s going to be great. We plan to dig into them this weekend. New photos and videos will be up in a couple weeks.

    And I agree. It’s fantastic.

  2. Yeah, foundationless — in the honey super, not necessarily the brood chamber — is fantastic. Frames with plastic foundation are fine if you want to extract and have the frames refilled quickly. But foundationless is way more fun.

    I say this from my vast experience of harvesting a single foundationless frame.

    We’re crushing and straining another frame tonight, and then again on the weekend. I’ll have photos and videos posted in a week or two.

  3. That comb looks delicious. I tried foundationless hives this year…my first. A topbar hive and a regular Langstroth hive. Unfortunately while I was on vacation…wax moths got in and the bees left. The topbar was a package that was just starting and the other hive a trapout that was just starting. Neither were big enough to keep the waxmoth larva population down. I’ll try again next year.

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