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How to get the honeycomb out of honey?

meowow's picture

Or, better yet, how to get honey out of the jar without getting wax all over everything. We bought some really good honey on our honeymoon (I know, I know) and it came in a large jar with the waxy honeycomb. It is all over our mugs right now thanks to my love for tea and honey.

This is probably a stupid question with an obvious answer, but is there any way to strain it out or something?

plantlust's picture

(post #33553, reply #1 of 16)

I suggest GENTLY heating the honey. You just want to make it more liquidy, then strain thru cheesecloth. On the honeycomb, have you noticed if the individual octagons are broken open, or are they sealed? If sealed there will still be more honey in them. You can keep the bees wax too. Burns cleanly & for a long time, er if you are into candlemaking<g>.

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msm-s's picture

(post #33553, reply #2 of 16)

ditto. first, i would drain off as much honey as comes out for a few days. don't move the comb! just tip the jar over another jar thru a strainer. then, heat the honeycomb with remaining honey to separate. don't forget to chill afterwards to make the wax layer easier to lift off.

bktlush's picture

(post #33553, reply #3 of 16)

Heat honey in the jat in som water to liquify it. Never in Microwave or otherwise. Just in hot water.

Gretchen's picture

(post #33553, reply #4 of 16)

Why? I heat honey in the nuker (no comb) all the time.


JonE's picture

(post #33553, reply #5 of 16)

It melts the bear......



Gretchen's picture

(post #33553, reply #6 of 16)

AND you are completely right about that--mine got a nose job!!!  ;o)


meowow's picture

(post #33553, reply #7 of 16)

:) Mine is in a huge, heavy jar. I love the honey, which I never really appreciated before, to be honest. There is a huge difference in varieties, it seems.

Adele's picture

(post #33553, reply #8 of 16)

There are hundreds of different types of honeys.  Flowery, grassy, sort of like olive oil.  LOL

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madnoodle's picture

(post #33553, reply #9 of 16)

I use the microwave too, but my honey guy frowns on it.  Destroys some kind of . . . I don't know, it's too early and I've lost my nouns.  Destroys something that is supposed to be good for you, anyway.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #33553, reply #10 of 16)

I am 'way too old to worry about that health stuff.  ;o)


msm-s's picture

(post #33553, reply #11 of 16)

would it be the whatchamacallits that help you with allergies? (useful in locally farmed honey).
THAT would definitely be worth preserving to me.

assibams's picture

(post #33553, reply #12 of 16)

I think your bee-guy could be worried that you might get the honey too hot in the microwave, which would indeed 'kill' something. IMO a medium-hot waterbath makes it more controllable.
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(post #33553, reply #13 of 16)

That beats my honey-hating friend (who could hate honey???) who called it beesh*t.

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Jean's picture

(post #33553, reply #14 of 16)

Beebarf has a ring to it. My charming kids term.

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(post #33553, reply #15 of 16)

I do some computer work for a firm that deals with bees & honey.  I 'wade through' thousands of bees just to reach their front door but only get stung 2 or 3 times a year.

Commercially, combs & honey are separated by a centrifuge.  At home - taking a thin slice from the top of the comb & leaving it tilted over a catch basin in a warm place (90 degrees F) will salvage at least 80% of the honey. For the rest, heat slowly & carefully in a pan (candle wax burns, ya' know!)

For crystalized honey that was forgotten in the pantry, make a makeshift double boiler & scrape the honey into the top & leave 'til it re-combines.  Good as new!


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KitchenWitch's picture

(post #33553, reply #16 of 16)

Treasure that beeswax!
I just learned from one of my vendors today that there's a nationwide beeswax shortage.
A little online research showed that the thorax mite that's been deviling beekeepers for years, combined with bad weather, has wiped out nearly 50% of the California bee populations. I'm guessing the price of honey and beewax will probably increase.


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