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Comb honey: Kelley squares

Years ago, square sections of comb honey in fragrant basswood boxes were everywhere. I adored the honey, the boxes, the pristine little combs. But as the years rolled by, the square sections disappeared and were replaced by extracted honey in bottles that squeeze like ketchup and jars shaped like preadolescent bears. I never quite understood […] Read more

Comb honey in glass jars

The glass jar comb honey super shown below is a refinement of the one made by beekeeper Morris Ostrofsky of southwestern Oregon. A detailed description of Morris’ equipment and process can be found here: Glass Jar Beekeeping—Creating Edible Art. After reading his account, I decided to make several tweaks to fit my own situation. The […] Read more

Comb honey: Bee-O-Pac system

The Bee-O-Pac system was designed, in part, to answer the consumer demand for smaller sections. Section honey is expensive, but market research showed that many purchasers of extracted honey would try comb honey if they could buy it in a smaller unit. The sections in the Bee-O-Pac system measure about 3¾” x 2½” x 1″ […] Read more

Comb honey production part 1: The why of it

Why would someone decide to produce comb honey in place of, or in addition to, extracted honey? This good question has several possible answers. Many people—myself included—grew up with comb honey and then lived through a long period when it was nowhere to be found. I remember describing to people what I was looking for […] Read more