Saturday, June 22, 2013

Recipe for Queen Cage Candy

 We were given this receipe on the queen rearing course.
It was pointed out that if the mixture is too runny it will make the bees wet and sticky which is not a good thing.

After pressing the mixture into the end of the queen cage, place a small square of wax paper on top covering the candy before stapling the screening closed on the queen cage.
Insert the cork plugs in sideways so that they can easily be removed later when it comes time to insert the queen.

This recipe is from the book Queen Rearing & Bee Breeding by Laidlaw & Page.

Chapter 5:  The Care and Use of Queens:

Sugar Syrup:  Powered surgar mixed at 1:3 ratio
Stir powdered sugar into syrup

When thick, knead with powered sugar until firm and does not run

Add small amount (drops) of glycerine

Leave for several hours before using, to check firmness.
The mixture should not be hard and dry nor soft and sticky.

Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place.
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