honey FAQ

Got a honey question? Well, hopefully you will find your answer RIGHT here!  If not, send me an email at kate(at)sacredbee(dot)net and I’ll do my best to get you the info you need.

What processing has my honey gone through?

The honey you have is considered “raw”.  It is straight from the hive and the only process it has gone through is the straining to remove bees knees, pollen and other bits of nature.

My honey has turned to crystallized chunks.  Is it ruined?

No.  Definitely not.  Honey has natural properties that keep it from spoiling, but it will crystallize over time.  It’s still perfectly edible and you are welcome to eat it in its current form.  Or, if you want to make it smooth viscous honey again just follow these steps:

  • Place your honey uncovered in its glass jar in a pot of water.
  • Add a trivet or silicone mat in the bottom of the pot to keep the jar from resting directly on the bottom.
  • Heat the honey over low/medium heat.
  • Stir often and watch closely.  You should slowly see your chunks transform back into beautiful, golden honey.


2 Responses to honey FAQ

  1. samir says:

    What am I suppose to do when I have an old queen that does not lay enough eggs or eggs are not in the center of the cells or a lot of drones?

    • sacredbee says:

      #1 – If you have a queen that is no longer laying and appears to be done – I would cull her (kill her) and purchase a replacement.

      #2 – If you have a “queen” that is laying drones cells – you don’t have a queen. You have a worker bee who is laying instead of a queen. She is not mated, so she cannot lay fertilized eggs (worker bees). This drone-laying behavior would also explain why the eggs are not in the center of the cells – her abdomen (the laying worker’s) is not long enough to get the egg down into the very bottom of the center of the cell. The next time you open the hive – check, check and recheck for a visible sighting of the queen. Chances are she isn’t there and that a worker has taken over the laying responsibilities because the hive is in stress without the queen and is trying to mend the structure… I would try to purchase a new queen and gently introduce her to the hive. IF the hive has gone too long without a queen, they might be beyond saving.

      Does all this make sense?

      Great question from you! 🙂

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