Beeswax Candles

Yesterday afternoon we were excited to have a guest teacher, Ms. Amanda, come in and teach us about how to make beeswax candles. This is an extremely labor-intensive process. First we had to take apart the bee hive and gather all the honeycomb. We had to use tools to pry out all the honeycomb.  We learned that the baby bees actually secrete the wax and give it to the worker bees to store in the honeycomb every morning. We put the honeycomb in a pot of boiling water to melt the wax. After melting the wax we had to strain the entire batch of gunky liquid.  This separated the slubgum from the wax.  We also noticed some pollen in the bottom of the melting pot.  At home Amanda will repeat this entire process a second time (a second rendering of the wax). On Thursday afternoon she will return to teach us the next steps in the candle-making process.  While we were extracting the honeycomb, we were thrilled to discover some sticky, sweet honey. What a delicious treat for our tongues! Thank you, Ms. Amanda, for taking time to come teach and learn with us.