Making your own bee foods

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    Try this one out!!!

    Honeybee Fondant

    Formula for Late Fall, Winter and Early Spring Feeding on Top of Frames


    10 lbs. Granulated Sugar
    2 lbs. White Corn Syrup
    1 lb. Honey (owner’s or cheapest to purchase)
    1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
    Pinch of Mineralized Salt (pink granular salt, available at Southern States; aka “rabbit salt”)
    1 Tablespoon Vinegar
    1 Cup Cold Water
    5 to 8 drops Honey-B Healthy (essential oil of lemon grass), or essential oil of peppermint or essential oil of citrus blossom (Use 1 of 3 oils per mix- -not all in same mix) Bees like a variety of food supplements


    Pot/pan, commercial kitchen type or at least 10 quart canner
    Candy thermometer
    Large long-handled wooden spoon
    1 dozen plastic containers heavy duty (like deli meats) or plastic freezer bags, 1 gallon size

    (Read complete directions before beginning to mix ingredients)

    In 3/4 cup of cold water, add vinegar, salt, and drops of essential oil. (Vinegar converts sucrose sugar to dextrose sugar for bees). Pour into pan.
    In 1/4 cup of water (warm), add the 1/4 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar, stir until dissolved, set aside.
    Into a large pan, place the 10# sugar, turn on heat at medium; gradually increase heat to almost high as the sugar melts. Stir continuously to control heat-never let fondant get above 230° F.
    After sugar melts, add corn syrup, continue stirring; after sugar and syrup melt and mix, add the 1# of honey, and stir until mixture reaches 230° F.
    When mixture reaches 230° F, turn off heat and remove from heat; continue to stir until mixture cools to 200°F, then add the Cream of Tartar, continue to stir.
    When mixture cools to 190° F, begin spooning mixture into containers; if placed in plastic bags flatten before Fondant cools.
    In the hive, place fondant directly onto frames. Wooden spacer will be required on top of wood ware and beneath the inner cover.

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