My uncle surprised us with some of his honey harvest: a small ziploc container full of honeycomb!! Yum. Except, I had no idea how to get the honey out of the honeycomb. I’ve heard of people just eating it whole and spitting out the wax… but I wanted to put it on my toast. Squeezing worked… sort of. I resorted to Google to find the answer.
Basically what I found was that I could squeeze the honey out and mush up the honeycomb, then put it all in a strainer (nylons were suggested) and let the honey drip out. That sounded messy and time consuming. The second option was to heat the honeycomb and melt the wax. When everything cools, the wax will be on top, ready to be skimmed off, and the honey will be on the bottom, ready to be eaten!
- I melted the honeycomb down in a double boiler. It only took about 15 minutes over medium heat for the wax to melt.
- I could pull out the big chunks of wax with a disposable spoon.
- Then I poured it back into the original container and let it cool completely.
- When the wax hardened on top of the honey, I scraped the sides with a disposable knife and skimmed the wax off the top.
Ready for eating!!
Now my husband wants to know what fun plan I have for the leftover beeswax… Suggestions?