HOW TO MAKE FONDANT

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Utensils Needed

Heavy sauce pan with lid
Extra Pot
Stirring Spoon
Candy thermometer
Electric mixer
Disposable molds (foil lined paper plates work well)

Ingredients

4 lb bag of sugar
8 cups sugar (4# bag)
2 cups water
½ teaspoon white vinegar

5 lb bag of sugar
10 cups sugar (5# bag)
2-1/2 cups water
1/2 + 1/8 teaspoon white vinegar

(Doubled recipe works making about 6 each 9" plates 1/2" deep)

Procedure

1. Pour all ingredients into sauce pan and bring to boil stirring constantly
2. Cover and boil 5 minutes
3. Insert candy thermometer and boil until temperature reaches 234°
4. Remove from heat and cool to 200° (putting pot into sink full of water will speed this up!)
5. Whip with electric mixer until mixture begins to turn white with air bubbles throughout (3-4 minutes on the timer)
6. Pour into molds and allow to cool undisturbed
7. Store in a dry location (freezer is a good place)

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Here is a link to a video that provides the recipe and shows how to make fondant for winter feeding.

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NewBees Corner

 

Information listed here is for the new beekeepers looking for guidance on what beekeeping chores are to be considered now:

 

The summer dirth has started and foraging bees are all looking for stores to bring back to their home hive. Don't let your hive become a source of stores for a neighboring colony! Use a robbing screen if you have a small colony or are feeding to grow your colony. Products like Honey B Healthy or added essential oils can drive foraging bees wild. They want that stuff!

For information on Robbing Screens check out these links:
Robbing Screen article on the CBA website
Images for different varieties of robbing screens
A few video links on making robbing screens. Something to remember is if you use an entrance reducer the width doesn't need to exactly match the bottom board.
Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers(NWNJBA)
Country Rubes Beekeeping Supplies
A Google search brings up plenty more videos!
Robbing Screen Videos

 

For information on Spring Feeding - supplemental feeding of sugar syrup and/or pollen substitute check out this link: Michael Bush on Feeding

 

So you have your new nuc, how do you grow it? Here's a link to a presentation of how to grow your nuc into 3 boxes:Growing Nucs

 

So you've found queen cells in your colony. Here's a link to how you might transplant them to a queenless colony or make a nuc. Fat Beeman doesn't wear a veil, you should! Fat Beeman never says "it is my opinion" so take heed!
Queen Cell Transplant