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General Beekeeping / Re: cleaning plastic foundation
« Last post by RAST on Today at 12:42:57 pm »
The ones I have cleaned I laid on the bottom of my utility trailer and used my pressure washer. My trailer has an expanded metal floor, you can still expect to get soaked but no dirt mixed in this way.
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Gardening / Re: Huitlacoche/Corn Smut
« Last post by The15thMember on August 07, 2022, 08:15:12 pm »
That's interesting.  I've never seen that before.
I always wonder what causes someone to attempt to eat something so unappealing.  Starvation?  Observing an animal eat it and not dying?
I don't know.  Growing maize was a very important part of Aztec civilization, so they would have probably encountered huitlacoche pretty frequently.  I guess you could ask that question about a lot of foods.  :)
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General Beekeeping / Re: cleaning plastic foundation
« Last post by tedh on August 07, 2022, 03:27:13 pm »
Glad you brought this up Zweef as I've been pondering how to proceed with the old black comb I trade out with new frames. If the idea is to get rid of old frames to avoid a build up of chemicals or other nasties does scraping really accomplish that as its near impossible to get all the old wax off? Although it might be easier if the frames were cold (winter or freezer).  Ted
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Gardening / Re: Huitlacoche/Corn Smut
« Last post by Bakersdozen on August 07, 2022, 10:14:29 am »
That's interesting.  I've never seen that before.
I always wonder what causes someone to attempt to eat something so unappealing.  Starvation?  Observing an animal eat it and not dying? 
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General Beekeeping / Re: cleaning plastic foundation
« Last post by Jen on August 06, 2022, 11:27:33 pm »
Huh, that's a great idea, I think I would pop the plastic foundation out of the wooden frame. I use plastic foundation in wooden frames. Will not use solid plastic frames, too many casualties.
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General Beekeeping / Re: cleaning plastic foundation
« Last post by iddee on August 06, 2022, 08:54:15 pm »
I don't use plastic, but I have heard the carwash pressure does a great job.
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Gardening / Huitlacoche/Corn Smut
« Last post by The15thMember on August 06, 2022, 05:20:41 pm »
We managed to grow a couple ears of sweet corn this year, and we picked them earlier in the week.  One of them was . . . unique looking to say the least.  :D  Anyone ever seen this in their corn before?


We did some looking online about it and it's apparently called corn smut.  It's a fungus which infects the kernels of the corn and basically takes them over, turning them into mushroom-like galls that produce spores.  This fungus is completely edible and is very popular in Mexico, where it's been eaten since Aztec times.  They call it Huitlacoche, and in English it's called Mexican truffle in food circles, since "corn smut" isn't very appetizing.  :-\  We pulled the galls off the cob and sauteed them in a little butter and salt, and honestly it was pretty good.  Some of our galls were a little too old and were mostly black inside with spores, which tasted bitter, but the young white ones had a nice flavor, sort of part mushroom, part corn.

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Recipes / Re: What's Cookin'
« Last post by The15thMember on August 06, 2022, 05:15:49 pm »
Here's a smattering of food from this week.  I took a bunch of pictures but didn't have time to post them until now. 

BBQ rabbit, noodle mix, and pineapple salsa.


We usually freeze dry our surplus goats milk, but we can't right now because the freeze dryer keeps tripping the circuit breaker, and our handyman had one of his guys get COVID, so it's a two week wait until he can come out to put in a circuit for it.  As a result my sister was making lots of dairy products this week to use up the extra milk.  She has tried several times to make yogurt, but it always comes out way too runny.  She tried a new technique this week, and it finally worked, and it is delicious!  It's better than any store bought yogurt.  She sweetened it with my honey. 


She also made raspberry sherbet with our ice cream maker, and we topped it with some leftover sugared peaches. 


My mom also made a sunflower cake with an unopened package of Peeps we had left over from Easter.

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General Beekeeping / Re: cleaning plastic foundation
« Last post by Jen on August 06, 2022, 12:08:25 pm »
In my bee world, that question is the biggest quandary. I started out using wax/wire foundation and love it. But have switched over to plastic frames because I love using push in cages to intro queens, whole nuther subject.

2 scenarios:

If the plastic frame is a honey frame, leave it in what ever condition it is and put it back in the hive, the bees will love cleaning it up and reusing it.

If the frame is mostly pollen, last years pollen especially, you're not going to get it scraped clean even with a wire brush and soap and water. So scrape and scrub it as best you can and reinsert. It will take awhile but the bees will reuse it eventually.

If it was a brood frame, same as a pollen frame, scrape and scrub it as best as you can, reinsert.

I really make a good attempt to not throw out plastic frames due to the land fill thing, so I clean them as best I can.

As far as rewaxing, I haven't found that to be effecive. I have several times taken a beeswax block and rubbed it into the foundation, thinking that it would be more alluring to the bees to get started drawing wax. But frankly, I haven't seen that that method is effective.. at all.

These photos are of frames that I have scraped down and brushed as best I can. This is as good as it gets in my opinion.




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General Beekeeping / Re: Hypothetical question
« Last post by Zweefer on August 06, 2022, 11:36:59 am »
I would say it depends.  If she was raised in the hive and took her mating flight (and thus orientation flights) she may have a chance.  If introduced, I'd guess slim to none, but I have nothing to back this assumption up.
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