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I used the smoker again to clear the hive box of the honeybees still inside. The bees literally ran out of the box and up the side of the beehive the moment I began to blow smoke into the box. It was a rush of bees! I kept blowing until most of the bees were out of the box of honeycomb.
I set the honey box in front of the beehive and blew smoke into it at periodic intervals. It took some doing, but I finally removed all of the bees out of the hive box. After the hive box was emptied of the bees, I took it into my shop. There I snapped this photo to show you what the underside of honeycomb looks like. This is the bottom of the hive box.
I set the hive box right side up on my workbench. I used my hive tool to remove the top bar of one of the combs. It came off quite nicely, leaving the honeycomb attached to the sides of the box only.
After flipping the box over, I used a serrated knife to cut the honeycomb away from the sides of the hive box. The serrated knife worked better than I had hoped. I did not even need to heat it, and it still cut efficiently. Once the honeycomb was cut away from the sides, it came out of the box very easily. There is nothing quite like fresh honeycomb…just soft beeswax full of delicious honey.
I cut some honeycomb into chunks for my family to see. Of course, they all wanted a taste. And of course, they thought it was great. When I tasted the honey, I could detect a definite maple/blackberry/clover flavor. Not surprising since we have clover fields, blackberry bushes and maple trees very near our house. All in all, I thought this honeycomb had a very good flavor. I am not prejudiced…am I?