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Preparing Cut Comb

The production of comb honey starts with the introduction of the frame of beeswax foundation into the hive.

The foundation must obviously have no reinforcing wire in it, and should be what the manufacturers refer to as “thin super” foundation. The best cut comb honey is usually produced using narrow spacing, which will then fit neatly into a regular cut comb container without pressure being placed upon the lid.

Care should be taken over the floral source, as white cappings are to be preferred, and a honey that does not rapidly granulate. All cells should be full and capped, and the surface of the comb should be flat, without lumps or indentations.

The size of the pieces of cut comb will depend upon the condition of the comb. When a frame is completely full, and capped from end to end, it can be cut into eight equal pieces, but if a frame is only partially capped, perhaps only two or three pieces can be successfully cut from it.

The cuts can be made using a knife with a long flat blade such as a ham knife, or a stainless steel comb cutter.

The pieces of comb should then be allowed to drain for a few minutes, so that there will be a minimum of any leakage of run honey into the bottom of the container.

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