Honey bees need a good residence to flourish and they never bear any offensive conduct. If you are new to the...
How to Store Bee Bread and Bee Pollen?
Bee bread and bee pollen are mentioned a lot of times but has anyone mentioned that if not stored properly, these items will degrade and become unusable. So, how to store them? If your interest lies in the honey collection, then this might be your number one question. So, in this article, let us find out all about how to store bee bread and bee pollen.
How to Store Bee Pollen?
Bee pollen is the golden-yellow powder thing that bees collect from the flowers. They store them in the pollen baskets near their hind legs. These pollens, when not processed by the bees into honey or fermented in beehives, can rot in the room temperature. It is best when you store them in the refrigerator, or better frozen dried and stored. Non-refrigerated and heat-dried pollens can contain some contaminants, and therefore, it is better to go for the frozen option.
How to Store Bee Bread?
Bee bread is the fermented pollens with bee saliva and honey mixture. It looks like crumbles of bread, and hence the name bee bread. You can store bee bread in an air-tight jar in a cool, dark, and dry place. Therefore, storing bee bread in a refrigerator is a good option. However, you need to be careful as the bee bread can carry spores, microorganisms, and some other raw materials. But it is still considered to be safe for consumption.
Storage Life of Bee Pollen and Bee Bread –
If these delicate materials are stored incorrectly, then they will start degrading and changing its texture and smell very soon, as less as a week or two. However, if they are stored correctly, taking all the necessary precautions, then they stay great for at least three to four years. However, as a rule of thumb, try using them within a year as the nutritional value of this pollen and bread start decreasing after a year.
How Do They Taste?
Now, this should be a sure question if you are a first-timer. Pollens are normally described as having a floral, earthy, and slightly sweet taste. They have a hard texture and chewy in nature. Whereas, bee bread has stronger floral and herbal notes (thanks to the fermentation) and moist and chewy texture.
How to Harvest Bee Bread and Bee pollen?
· Bee Pollen
When bees go out for collecting pollen from flowers, they carry them in the baskets near their hind legs as well as all over the body. Many beekeepers place a pollen trap at the entrance of the hive making them crawl to enter. During this process, they drop some of the pollen that is then collected in a tray below.
· Bee Bread
Bee bread is the later form of the pollen and can be found on the floors of beehives. It is collected at the same time during the collection of honey. After collecting, it is made sure to separate the bee bread from the beewax and then stored in an air-tight box.
Leave a comment
Login to post comments