How to Eat Honeycomb

Comb honey is usually sold in small 1/2- to 1 lb.-blocks in a special plastic container or immersed in a large jar of extracted honey. Comb honey is the purest kind of honey, still sealed in the wax by the bees themselves, totally raw and never touched by human hands.

Eating comb honey is a real joy that few people have had the opportunity to try. The comb can be eaten as is or the honey can easily be removed from the comb. The procedure is fun, slightly sticky, and very tasty.

Things You'll Need

  • Honeycomb
  • Large shallow bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Strainer
  • Fork
  • Jar

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Eating Comb Honey

Step 1

Cut a bite-sized piece of honeycomb from the block. Pop it in your mouth and chew it like chewing gum. This will release all of the honey. You can eat the wax if you like, or remove it once the honey is gone.

Step 2

To extract the honey, place a portion of the honeycomb on its edge in a shallow bowl that is large enough to hold any honey released.

Step 3

Crush the honey comb gently with the back of a large spoon. Press the wax in the comb down repeatedly so that it wads up in the bottom of the bowl. As the wax is pressed, each cell in the comb will break open, releasing the honey into the bowl.

Step 4

Lift the wax from the bowl with a fork once all of the honey is extracted. Place a strainer over the bowl and put the wax in it to allow it to drain.

Step 5

Remove the strainer and discard the wax, or rinse it off and store it for future projects such as candle making. Use the fork to remove any remaining bits of wax from the honey. Use the honey immediately or store it in a jar for later.

Tips & Warnings

  • Local honey is often eaten to help with allergies to local flowers and plants. Look for local honey at nearby farmer's markets or health-food stores.
  • Honey in a jar tends to crystallize into a solid as it ages. To liquify your honey, heat the sealed jar under warm water or microwave the open jar for a few seconds. It will be as good as new.


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